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Families are almost always strapping their budget for one reason or another and because of that they are always looking for ways to save. We found this article from Better Homes and Gardens with twenty different sneaky ways to save! We hope it will help you save more money and have more money for the things you love to do!

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From the article:

Be a Secondhand Rose
Overland Park, Kansas, mom Leigh Ann Teubert hits two super-big consignment sales a year (sponsored by Just Between Friends at jbfsale.com) to get clothes for her two sons, ages 7 and 3. “The clothes are in good condition,” she says, and it’s easier to visit the large sales than it is to troll garage sales or local consignment stores.

You Save: Twice a year Teubert buys a total of eight pairs of pants at $3 to $4 a pair, instead of $12 to $15 new, and 20 shirts at $3 a shirt instead of $8 to $10 each, for a savings of more than $100.

Unplug Appliances
Some appliances use power—called standby power—even when they’re turned off. That was a lesson Mark Holland, a dad in Minneapolis, learned from a home energy audit. “The microwave was using something like 40 cents worth of power a day, the coffeepot 6 cents,” Holland says. “It’s 5 cents here, 2 cents there, but it adds up.”

Biggest culprits: Televisions, computers, printers, VCRs, DVRs, and power tools. Go to standby.lbl.gov/summary-table.html for a list of appliances and their energy uses.

If you leave town for a week, unplug everything possible. The rest of the time, use power strips to switch off power so you’re not constantly plugging and unplugging, which risks fraying cords and causing another set of problems.

You Save: The typical home has 40 appliances using standby power, accounting for 5 percent to 10 percent of consumption, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Even if you shut down half of these, you could save $5 or $10 a month.

Get an Energy Audit
Ask your local utility company to do an energy audit—usually performed free of charge—or go to energysavers.gov/your_home/energy_audits/ to learn how to do it yourself.

“We were surprised to find out that we wouldn’t recoup the costs of replacing our windows,” says McCoy. But she did discover that her ancient freezer—used to freeze meals and save money—was actually consuming more money in energy costs than she was saving. She ditched the old appliance and made do with the freezer compartment of her fridge by switching to more space-efficient ziplock bags.

An audit will help you pinpoint where your energy dollars are going and how you can reduce those bills.

You Save: Reducing energy loss from drafts, for example, can save 5 to 30 percent of your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For a $200 monthly bill, that’s $10 to $60 a month.

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Read all the tips here: http://www.bhg.com/health-family/finances/tips/20-sneaky-ways-to-save/

Looking for Sneaky Ways to Save? Try These Ideas!
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