(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 17 January 2015, but the suggestions are still valid for 2016.)
Hello, everyone! Welcome to my magazine of sex as art and entertainment.
Now that the Steelers are no longer in the playoffs, I totally forgot about football and the NFL until last night when one of the host of the local talk radio sports show, 93.7 FM The Fan, began talking about who will be playing tomorrow.
But I digress.
If you are a writer (or if you are into personal money management), here are a few tips on how to save money. These are just suggestions. They help the Old Soldier to save money. The tips are to get you to think about how you may be able to save money. I’m sure you can add more tips to the list.
- Shop at the dollar store if there is one in your area. Don’t buy any old thing just to buy it like a lot of people do who shop in dollar stores. Buy just what you need, especially if it is cheaper at the dollar store than what it is where you would usually buy it.
- Work on paying all your bills on time so you don’t have to pay any late fees. Work on one bill at a time if you have to; but once you do start paying all your bills on time those late fees will stay in your pocket.
- Find some simple, easy way to measure the amount of dishwashing liquid you put in your dishwater. Most people put in way too much when they just squeeze the bottle.
- Buy your vegetables, fruits and pastries off the discount shelf if your supermarket or food store has a discount shelf and you’re going to use what you buy in a couple of days or so.
- Find out if your state (USA) offers a program to help low-income households pay their electric bill and if you qualify use it.
- Find out if your state has a rent or mortgage reimbursement program and if you qualify use it.
- If you use scrap paper to take notes on (like I do), you can often times use the blank sides of bills or junk mail for scrap paper.
- If your telephone company offers a program that helps to lower your phone bill and you qualify for it use it.
- Re-evaluate how much you pay for paid TV. Then see if you really need the package you’re paying all that money for. Most people only watch a small percentage of the channels they pay for anyway. Then get a cheaper package from your present provider or from someone else.
- Don’t eat out so much. Cook and eat at home more often.
Now if you recognize yourself on this list and if you commit to doing several of these suggestions as part of your personal finance management program, you should be able to save a nice piece of change in 2015.
PS You can also find some nice deals in vintage clothing stores. And remember that if you have to buy prescription drugs the generic brand is always cheaper than the name brand if the generic brand is available. It’s the same drug.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, a magazine that’s about erotic stories and sex in the movies.