Miscellaneous

Don’t Upgrade Your Cell Phone

When a new phone model comes out, you may be tempted to run out and buy it. This is not a wise move. First off, if you are in the middle of a contract, you will not be able to get the phone at the lower advertised price. You will have to pay the full price. And this price can be shocking. For a new model that costs $199 with a new two year contract, you will pay the full price of $599 for the phone!! If you simply wait until your contract is up, then renew, you can get the phone for the lower price.

In addition, if it is a brand new model, it might have some glitches. There is an old saying that says when a new model comes out, wait until the next generation comes out. For as much testing the company does on the phone, it never is the same as the real world. Wait for the next version and avoid all the headaches.

Also by waiting, another model might come out that you like even more than the one you currently want. Simply wait and save some money.

Send eCards Instead of Paper Cards

Buying cards for special occasions cost a lot of money. Think about it: the average card today costs around $3. If you have a family of 4, and not counting relatives, you are buying 9 cards a year for birthdays and holidays. That’s $27 just for your family, and does not includes any relatives. In a year, the cost of cards can easily surpass $75. Save some money and go online and send them eCards instead. They are completely free and are available for any occasion. Plus, they get delivered to the recipients email instantly!

Save on Dental Work

Simply go to a dental school, where students perform the work while supervised by a dentist. You can go to the ADA website and clicking on Dental Schools to find one in your area.

Save on Printer Ink

Simply switch the default font you use from Arial to Century Gothic. You won’t notice the difference, but your wallet will. Studies show that by switching to this font saves a person around $20 a year if you print 25 pages a week.

Make Your Own Mouthwash

Many mouthwash products on the market contain alcohol. Not only does this dry out your mouth, leading to bad breath (the mouthwash simply covers up the smell temporarily), there are studies linking alcohol to oral cancer. To save money and be healthier, buy a container of salt and simply add it to some warm water and use that as your mouthwash. All dentists recommend it.

Take Water Wherever You Go

Whenever you go out for the day shopping or running errands, take a bottle of water with you. It is free, keeps you hydrated, and will keep you feeling full, saving you money by not eating out.