January 14, 2016 by Leave a comment

Whatever you’re saving up for—a new car, a down payment, a healthier bank account—this is the year to do it. But you can only ditch your landline and switch from cable to a Netflix/Hulu combo so many times (that is, once each). What do you do once you’ve already made the normal cuts?

Here are a few unexpected ways to same more money this year.

Change the way you think about stuff

If you picked up a magazine or read a lifestyle blog in 2015, there’s a good chance you ran into someone discussing Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Part of the KonMari Method, as her devotees call it, is owning (and thus only buying) things you really love. So all that stuff you buy because it’s on sale, or because you want a backup, or because you might someday need it? Cut it out and cut your spending.

If that works well for you, try it out on the stuff you already own. You may find some things you’re able to sell, and the more you declutter the less clutter you’ll want to bring into your home.

Track your gas mileage

Gas prices may be down, but that doesn’t mean a full tank is suddenly cheap. While mileage can kind of be a pain to track, it’s definitely worth it if yours has been slowly dropping. Cleaning your air filter, for example, can up your mileage by 7%, and it’s a simple fix. Checking your tire pressure and filling up your tires correctly is another—and it can improve your mileage by up to 5%.

Follow the speed limit

While we’re on the subject of cars, did you know that driving fast eats up your gas at a faster rate than driving normally? At highway speeds, aggressive driving can cut your mileage 33%. To save gas, accelerate more gently and slow down a bit.

Rent out some space

If you live in a popular area and have an extra bedroom (or even an in-law suite), you may find that you can make a lot of extra money renting out your space on Airbnb. This does come with some downsides (dealing with strangers, cleaning in between guests, etc.) but the extra money may just be worth it.

Make your own

This can apply to almost anything from your dinners to your household cleaners. If you take the time to do some quick research, you can probably find a recipe or instructions to do or make whatever it is you need at a much cheaper price.

Don’t forget about online deals

Brick and mortar stores send out coupons and sales flyers, but your favorite online retailers are often a little less obvious with their discounts.  Next time you shop online, try a plugin like Honey. When you check out, it will search the internet for relevant coupon codes. While you’re at it, there are plenty of other online ways to save, like Groupon.

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