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TURNING YOUR COMPUTER OFF CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

Keeping a computer on day and night will consume about 250 kilowatt-hours of electricity and will cost you around $50 a month. By shutting down your computer at night, it will consume only around 100 kilowatt-hours, saving you about $30 a month. Make sure you point this out to others — and at work.
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PUSH OFF YOUR PURCHASES

Sometimes, what seems like a “must have” is really just a “want it right now” item. When you want something you don’t need immediately, push it off for a month, a week or even a day. Sleep on it. When you give yourself time to think it through, you’ll know whether this is really something…
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FREE ENTERTAINMENT IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Visit your local library. Unless you habitually return books late (which results in late fees) it’s free. If you haven’t been to your local library lately, take the time to make a trip. In addition to borrowing books at no cost, you can borrow DVDs and music. Some libraries have events and crafts for kids,…
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HOW MEAL PLANNING CAN SAVE YOU HUNDREDS

Meal planning is a simple and effective way to save a lot of money each month, not to mention cut down on pricey (and unhealthy) dining out. Serving home-cooked meals to your family not only reduces your grocery budget, but it’s also a healthy alternative to fast food. Here are a few tips and ideas…
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