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Ways to Save Money and Not Feel Deprived

Cathy Curtis’s article on “10 Ways to Save Money and Not Feel Deprived” is an excellent read on ways to save money while minimizing the pain.  As I read through her list, I was surprised at how many I’ve actually done myself or recommended to clients.   Here are her 10 recommendations:

1. Suspend spending on those items you can do yourself:  manicures, pedicures,  highlights, gym workouts. Or, cut back on frequency.

2. Don’t buy things you can borrow or trade  (books, magazines, cd’s).

3.  Avoid temptation – stay away from your favorite shops and toss out the catalogues unopened.

4.  Stop subscriptions to things you aren’t reading: newspapers, magazines, online and offline.

4.  Eat really well at home.

5.  Bring delicious food to work for lunch.

7.  Buy entertainment a la carte instead of via subscription: movies, theatre, and music events.

8.  Hold onto things longer – your cell phone, computer, car, and oven.

9.  Ramp down the luxury a bit – buy less expensive wines, eat at moderately priced restaurants.

10. Postpone the big vacation for a few years; enjoy smaller trips to great places.

You can read the entire article here.

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4 Responses to Ways to Save Money and Not Feel Deprived

  1. Christie September 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    I believe that gym workouts need to be set as a priority. Some use the socialization at a gym for motivation. Exercise helps release the stress of the day, as well as to keep you healthy tomorrow. Fewer trips to the doctor mean savings also.

  2. Amy Loftus September 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    I practice almost every single one.
    I agree with all of them–EXCEPT borrowing CDs instead of buying them!!!!! 🙂

  3. Cathy Curtis September 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Rick,
    Thank you for blogging about my article!

    A few money savings suggestions from others who responded to the post:

    1. Get massages and haircuts/color at training schools – much cheaper.
    2. Make coffee at home and bring to work at least a few times a week.

  4. Kelly Remily September 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Ouch! I would hope that people keep in mind that some of us out here depend on a customer base, at least on occasion, patronizing our business. For the price of two CDs purchased at Walmart you can have a great meal and glass of wine and probably be able to take half home for the next day’s lunch. I believe in moderation rather than elimination!