10 more ways to cut expenses and save money despite rising costs

Sun Sentinel

Readers suggested more ways to cut expenses at a time when wages aren't keeping up with rising costs.

Here are their 10 tips that they suggested online after reading the first article about saving $2,400 a year by cutting half the yearly Southern family's average expenses on restaurants, clothes and entertainment:

Buy fruits and veggies at a Farmer's Market or look for a nearby farm. Some sell eggs at Southwest Ranches, for example. A cheese maker sells fresh mozzarella at the Plantation Farmer's Market -- about $3 a pound cheaper than what is sold in stores.

Focus on eating fresh produce during the current growing season. You will still save even if you buy your fruits and vegetables in a grocery.

Stop buying alcohol. Or if you can't give up the beer, consider drinking only the free water at restaurants. An average family will save $800 a year by not ordering beverages when eating out, according to Jeff Yeager, author of the books, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches and The Cheapskate Next Door.

Check out CouponMom.com to find sales and coupons in your neighborhood and look at SouthFloridaDines.com to get half priced restaurant gift certificates.

Increase your auto and home insurance deductibles.

 Conserve to lower your electric and water bills. Endure a bit heat to save on  the a/c, shut off lights and fans when not in a room and cut back on watering the lawn.

Consider letting go of your Internet service if you can scan the web during lunch or breaks at work. Libraries also provide free Internet access.

Cut back on your cable service, maybe go for only the basic package. Or keep your Internet, watch TV from your computer and cut out your cable bill.

Search for cheaper cell phone service or cut back on some extras such as messaging.

Don't buy disposable products, such as paper plates and plastic cups.


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