When you're making the list for your next trip to the grocery store, it may be worth it to add Real Simple's March issue under your other necessities. The title for the magazine's cover feature says it all: "Live Your Life on Less: 71 Ways to Cut Corners (Without Really Noticing)." At $4.99, the mag is on the pricey side, but it could be worth it if you're able to effectively apply some of the tips.
The suggestions cover everything from finding cheaper ways to decorate your home, to recipes for a cost-effective group meal, reviews on inexpensive wine that you won't be embarrassed to give your hostess, how to negotiate lower health-care fees, and more. One of my favorite tips has to do with using the library for more than books and DVDs: According to Real Simple, "Many city libraries have city passes, which will get you into local attractions, including zoos, aquariums, planetariums, and more for free."