Getting Out Of Debt 101: Five Money Saving Tips For The New Year

Getting Out Of Debt 101: Five Money Saving Tips For The New Year

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In 1865, the United States won the Civil War to end slavery. But nowadays, people heavily in debt feel like slaves to the financial institutions. Debtors start to get those "courtesy calls" from their banks. Debtors decide "which bill" to pay this month. With the new year of 2014, here are 6 money saving tips for getting yourself out of debt.

How Can I Save Money Quickly?

When you need to save money quickly, there are plenty of options. It helps to think back to your childhood – "What were some things that you lived without?" If there were some then, there are for sure some now.

1. Write a Grocery List

Some people just go to the grocery store and buy whatever they want at the moment. This can be very expensive. When you get to the checkout aisle, you might have no idea how much your final tally is. With a grocery list, you can budget and save money. Along with a grocery list, it is a good idea to have a meal plan in place. By implementing a meal plan, you can place the meals that need similar ingredients close together. There is less chance of wasting food when your next recipes calls for the same ingredients.

2. Clip Those Coupons

You would be amazed at the deals you can get with coupons. If one loaf of bread is $2.00 and another is $1.00 with coupons, will your family really notice the difference? Many people look at this option and just think of what a headache it could be. And yes, there can be a bit of a learning curve, but by ignoring coupons, you are essentially saying you want to pay more for the very same products.

3. Carpool

We keep seeing gasoline prices "creeping upwards." If you have a family event, why not carpool? Do father, mother and junior all need to drive their own vehicles every day? By making this small step you can save a lot in gas money, not to mention contribute less to the pollution gas causes.

4. Go Through Your Closet

Most Americans have plenty of "stuff" they never use. You could sell it or use something old instead of buying something new. This is a huge one, and if after going through your home and closets you still need a new item, just look at all the unused items you own. Perhaps you could make some spare money by selling those items that go unused.

5. Switch Banking Account to Credit Union

As the United States has become a wealthier nation, banks have become more powerful. Sometimes, they are charging unfair fees assuming that their customers cannot do anything else. Look at your latest banking account statement. Are their any outrageous fees? Switching to Credit Unions in Houston, TX might save you money with their lower fees.

At first, family members might resist money-saving attempts, but try to make it fun. If you find old toys in your attic, it could be an enjoyable time for all. Once you can control your costs, you can regain control of your debts and your life.

About the Author:
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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