“These tips show that it’s important to be creative when trying to cope with the recession,” said Kim Kleman, Editor-in-Chief, Consumer Reports.
Here are a few of the tips:
- The website http://www.billshrink.com/ can help you analyze your cell-phone bill to determine whether you’ll save money with a different plan.
- Call up your Internet, phone, and cable companies and try to get a better deal. It could cut your bill in half.
- Many plumbing fixtures have a lifetime warranty. Try calling to get parts sent for free.
- Rent an apartment when you’re on vacation. You live like a local and it’s cheap.
- Forego buying tub and toilet cleaners. Consider using white vinegar and baking soda for cleaning chores.
- Flatten the toilet paper roll a bit. It doesn’t spin around as much and waste paper.
- In the supermarket, look at the unit price. Many items such as tuna have a quantity surcharge—the bigger container has a higher unit price than the smaller one.
- Buy kitchenware (pots, pans, knives, etc.) at kitchen-supply wholesalers. Many are open to the general public.
- When shopping online, check Google for a coupon for the site before checking out. "
The complete report, “How to squeeze a nickel,” is available in the June issue of Consumer Reports, on newsstands May 5 and online at Consumer Reports.
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