5 quick and easy ways to save $1,500 per year


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  • Mister J SLC, UT
    July 9, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    New seasons of Leverage & Warehouse 13 start soon and you recommend cutting back on Cable? Not going to happen. I have Comcast digital preferred and that is sufficient.

    Here's is another idea. Get a pay as you go cell phone not a "smart phone"... I rarely use my pay as you go cell. That IMO is $500/yr more that my friends & co-workers are paying that I put towards something useful... caffeine & books.

    I traded in my pickup and got a car & am saving a minimum of $500/yr in gas.

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    July 8, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    1. Land line - Canceled three years ago.

    2. Cable - Have the cheapest package they offer at a cost of $20 per month. Will lower that when the contract is up by calling to cancel. They will offer a $5 per month discount.

    3. Shop the sales, but don't coupon as I don't take the paper nor have I signed up for the web sites as they are extremely annoying.

    4. Wife has extreme allergies, so the windows stay closed at all times. We run the HVAC fan only continuously to circulate the air. Also have planted trees around the house to reduce the heat energy that reaches the house.

    5. Haven't had a credit card bill carried over since 1986.

    6. Cannot bike to work as it is 28 miles away. Mass trans. is about the same as driving, but have a car that gets 38 mpg.

    7. Seldom go to the movies, and then to the matinee only.

    8. Haven't attended a Jazz game since the 96 (?) strike. I refuse to give the NBA my money.

    9. Run outside so no gym membership.

    10. Refuse to text or have data plan.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    July 7, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    1. I quit going to movies. Most of them are garbage anyway. When the rare good one comes along, I buy (or borrow) the DVD.

    2. I cut way back on restaurants. Same reason.

    3. I've never had cable or satellite TV. Same reason.

    4. I ride a bike. The IRS estimates that the average car costs 50ยข a mile to drive. And every day I don't drive mine is also a day longer it will last. I save twelve bucks every time I ride to work instead of driving.

    5. This is the big one: I paid off my credit cards. I was working a month and a half of every year just to keep up that crushing interest. That last payment felt like taking off a 100 lb. backpack that I'd been carrying for ten years. Changed my life completely.

    6. Oh, and $75 to watch a Jazz game? Fuggeddaboutit!

  • PaulSpringville SPRINGVILLE, UT
    July 7, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Using a cell phone for emergencies only can save money. Several carriers offer 1000 minutes a year for only $100. By purchasing a digital TV antennae and signal booster we were able to discontinue paying for cable.

  • Waaandy Bountiful, UT
    July 6, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    My ceiling fan goes clockwise to pull air up and counter-clockwise to blow air down...

  • VA Mom Reston, VA
    July 6, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    We live in Virginia where hundreds of thousands were without power this week. Internet providers were also without power for a time. We were without the internet while providers were down. We have a land line still and were grateful for it. I'll cut more coupons before I'll loose the land line.

  • Cat Centerville, UT
    July 6, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Internet phone service doesn't work when then power is out and isn't always very clear for those of us who have difficutly hearing.