Top ways to save money

Most of us are looking for ways to save money and make our money stretch further. In these economic times, any bit of money savings helps. Here are some top ways to save money:

Save gas and save on fuel costs by planning your trips ahead of time. Remember the days when you just got in the car and went to wherever you wanted to go at the spur of the moment? No longer can you do that. Let’s say you need to run to the grocery store. Plan ahead and think about other places that you will need to drive to and head to those locations along the way and pick up what you need. This will not only save money but it will also save you time.

Reuse things. Some of you may think it’s crazy to rinse out styrofoam plates and cups, Starbucks paper cups, plastic bottles, and plastic containers. Yet reusing products and items is a big money saver. Containers with lids, glass jars and their lids, paper sacks, plastic bags, and many more items can be reused. This not only leaves more money in your wallet but is also good for the Earth/planet. This makes cents and sense.

Find alternative transportation. Public transportation and carpooling are popular ways to get to your destinations these days. Smart Cars, golf carts, motorcycles, and scooters are also on the rise as popular and essential forms of transport. Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, walking, jogging, kayaking, etc. are great ways to get to where you need to go as well as adding some fun, healthy exercise. Do keep in mind to wear safety equipment, obey laws, and consider the area where you live when choosing alternative transportation modes. For instance, those who live in places that are overcrowded with lots of highway or street traffic and no shoulder or bike lane may find it not feasible to take a bicycle to where they need to go.

Learn to do it yourself (DIY). Things that you can do yourself or do at home can be big money savers. Cook meals at home. Trim your own hair or friends’ and family members’ hair. Wash your car in the driveway. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Mow your own lawn. Save on your dry cleaning bill by wearing your outfits a couple of times first if possible. Do the small home repairs during the weekend.

These are just a few ways that you can pinch pennies by doing things yourself. If you don’t know how, there are many ways to learn. YouTube offers many DIY videos. Books, manuals, CDs, and DVDs are some more ways to learn. Have someone teach you how. There are also programs and courses offered at your public library, community centers, various workshops, and even your nearby community college. Depending on what you want to learn and how much you can save in the long run, doing it yourself may bring you a huge ROI.

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About Stephane Manos

Stephane Manos has developed several online companies. While working as an online entrepreneur, he fell in love with the sales aspect and recruited some of the best clients and affiliates the companies have ever had. The fun, he found was in building the connections and relationships. One of Stephane's top qualities is being able to motivate. He found a passion in motivating others which in return motivated him. Happy colleagues and clients would send word-of-mouth referrals and increase traffic to his online businesses. Teamwork is something that Stephane promotes. The focus is not on self or individuals but in working as a team to reach the same goals. It is his role as a leader to lead the team by example. Currently, his interest is in real estate investments and financial investments. He is now looking into emerging markets such as the Middle East. He also believes some of the better deals can be found in certain parts of the United States. Many distressed buyers are looking to liquidate. Developing new online businesses, purchasing commercial and residential real estate, and developing rentals has led him to travel around the world. Stephane Manos contributes a portion of his time and earnings to charitable associations and philanthropic groups. His charities are: -Children's Telethon -AHEPA brotherhood and Shriners -REVIVRE Bipolar Support Assocation
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