Atypical Ways to Save Some Cash

Most of the know the typical ways to save money but how about some of the stranger ways to savePIGGY BANK WITH MONEYCredit: Carla Van Wagoner some cash? Don't worry; I'm not talking about anything dangerous or illegal. Here some areas you may not have thought about where you can save some money:

* You don't need to use coupons to save cash at the store. I stopped couponing because I could not keep up with the clipping and clutter. I do, however, continue to read the store circulars every week and only buy items our family uses that are on sale. In particular, I only buy meat when it's on sale. And when it's on sale, I stock up. I always bring the meat home and put it right into the freezer to use later.

* If you love books, you probably know were all good bookstores are in your town. But how about patronizing your local library instead? Your library card is your past to saving money on books. And now it's easier than ever to either check out e-books through your library's website or request a book that your local library does not have through interlibrary loan. You can also use the library to save money on DVD rentals. Many libraries have the latest movie releases that you can check out for free or a nominal charge. Just remember to return your books and DVDs to the library on or before the due date.

* Get rid of your car and use public transportation instead. You don't have to buy gas or ensure the vehicle. You don't have to look for a parking space or pay for parking at work. And often times you can do other things while you're on the bus like knit, talk on the phone or even read. If giving up your vehicle seems difficult, consider downsizing to a bike or moped where much of the same cost savings can be realized. Or, if you are a two car family, consider downsizing to just one car. This is what my family did. Once in a while we have to juggle the vehicle use or our schedules but we cut the costs related to our cars in half and never looked back.

* Don't be afraid to haggle when it comes to prices on items. The worst a vender can do is to tell you "no". If haggling embarrasses you or makes you nervous, get your spouse to do the haggling for you.  Haggling or asking for a discount is SO worth it when it comes to appliances or other expensive purchases.

* Learn how to make your own household cleaning items. There are thousands of recipes for them online. Just do a search on the kind of formula you need, i.e. window cleaner (for example). Not only are household cleaners cheaper to make from scratch, they usually include items you already have around the house and are less toxic than store-bought cleaners. So they're cheaper and safer for you to use.

* Before you buy anything, use your smart phone to make sure you're getting the best price. There are several free apps that you can download to do some comparison shopping and it seems as if there is a new one available about every week. Just go to the app store for your smart phone, and search for "bargains" or "shopping" or "bargain shopping". Lots of apps also use geo-tagging to show you where you can get the best price nearby.

Organizing your finances in order to save more money requires that you reduce expenses. Every place that you can save more cash is a plus and literally puts money back in your pocket.