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Saving Money and Your Bills: Tips on How to be Money Wise

I used to love going to the supermarket. But nowadays, I make my trips short and sweet. I have a list and stick to it. My trips to the supermarket made me realize that it’s getting harder and harder to stretch that dollar. With all those bills that you have to pay in a month, you really can’t do anything about it but to save.

I read once that it’s not how much you earn that ensures a comfortable and happy future; but it’s how much you save and keep saved that matters. That is why it is really important to save money especially when it comes to your monthly bills.

Some people do not just realize it but saving on their monthly bills can provide the best money-saving opportunity for them.

Here’s how:

1. Turn off appliances and lights when not in use

The logic is basically simple. Why would you leave something turned on when nobody is going to use it? That’s definitely a bad habit. 

Hence, if you really want to cut back some on your electricity bill, always turn off the lights and your appliances when not in use.

2. Use energy-saving lights

Nowadays, saving on your electricity bill is not impossible because you can opt for energy-saving devices such as lights. Using these energy-saving lights such as fluorescent lights consumes lower amounts of energy but can still give the suitable amount of illumination.

3. Always check for the leaks

Water bills can create a mountain load of pile on your monthly dues if you do not check on the things that might cause your water bill to rise higher. You can prevent this by ensuring that every pipe is free from any leaks. 

Some people do not just realize that single drops from leaking pipes could mean additional costs on your water bill.

4. Be more tech-savvy

Cut your phone bill to almost half by simply being tech-savvy. That is, opt for the emails and chatting services of the Internet instead of using your phone to call long distance to your relatives and friends.

5. Try to insulate your home

Insulating your home is a definite energy-saver, money-saver scheme. You will never know how much money you can save on your electricity bill when you start to insulate your home.

Indeed, cutting some of your bills can definitely allow you to save more money. You just have to be wise on your home and everything that you have in it.

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Extra Money for Your Extra Time

Earning extra money for your future, that is definitely not a bad thing!

However, is it an easy thing? One definitely wants that for a stronger foundations for the future, but how can you manage?

Saving Money

One of the better ways to have a more secured future is to have more than enough money in your bank account, to be more liquid. 

Time is Gold

Sometime in a day, you may find yourself with nothing to do. You can either take this time to rest, to sleep, to read a book or any of your favorite pastimes. Basically anything will do just to keep you sane and as long you do not have to spend too much money.

However, instead of looking for activities that will not be too costly to maintain, it is better to pursue things that can even help you earn money. If you have enough free time, consider taking a part-time job. More than saving money, you can even expect more dough into your savings!

Why Should I Get a Part-time Job?

? It can be a source for your extra money for your savings.
? You make good use of your free time.
? For a student, the experience can teach a lot about life and the real world.
? You can meet interesting people.
? There is the possibility of discovering new skills or passions.
? Getting a good part-time job can actually be a start to a more serious endeavor.

Getting a Part-time Job

It will be relatively easy to get a part-time job. You can look up the posters or newspapers. Inquire in different establishments for openings in part-time positions. Ask friends who may recommend you. You can even provide services of your own skills like tutorial, writing or painting. 

The job may require from you a few hours of your week. It can be something you do in the afternoons, during the weekends, or during school breaks. 

You may feel challenged by exploring this new possibility in your life. You will have to balance your part-time job with what you regularly do. Simply manage your work and time properly. Save time too. Do minor tasks when traveling or waiting. Give no room for distraction, procrastination or cramming.

As long as you keep track of your extra earnings and savings, in the long run, your part-time job will definitely help do wonders to your plans in the future.

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