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Real Simple's Tips For Getting Into the Savings Groove

Real Simple's Tips For Getting Into the Savings Groove

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."


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MsWalton MsWalton 8 years
I'm a big fan of Real Simple both the magazine and website. Although the mag is kinda pricey, so is Oprah's magazine and I have yet to learn anything from her, lol. I'll make a note to check this out.
stephley stephley 8 years
I get Real Simple's weekly email newsletter - I cut back on my magazine spending last year.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's interesting to me that Real Simple is the magazine that we're being recommended to read. don't get me wrong, i read it and i appreciate the simplicity of the concepts that we see in how to do different things around the house, but the paper stock and the artwork inside never struck me as a magazine that would tell me how to budget in these hard times. i guess i'll just have to really read through my copy (since it's been sitting on my desk here at work for a while) and see what tips i can appreciate.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love the library. It keeps me from going shopping, weirdly enough. I look through the fashion mags and spend time just browsing around. Then I pick a book or DVD I want and I get it for free. But we also have Netflix, too. It's actually a good way to save money on movies. Instead of going out to a movie, my husband and I will stay in and watch a DVD at home. $9 a month for a good 8-9 movie nights is a great bargain when two movie tickets is $13 or more.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I like to go with regional/local wines. I'm originally from Ohio and there are several good wineries in the area (I'm serious, there really are.) I live in the D.C. area now, so I try to pick up Ohio wines whenever I'm visiting my parents. Most of the wines run between $10 and $15 a bottle and people typically enjoy the chance to try something different.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
I've never seen the city pass thing, but our local library (in NJ) has coupons to discount shows in New York, including broadway as well as the ballet, opera, symphony, etc.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Sounds like it might have some good tips.
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 8 years
Oops, that should say Netflix!
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 8 years
I was laid off last week, and one of the 1st things I did was cancel my Nelflix account & get a library card. No more buying magazines for me, either.
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