Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reduce The Cost of Smoking

There is no doubt that smoking cots a lot. If you are looking to save money with smoking, your best option is to just give smoking up. There are a large number of costs associated with smoking beyond the cost of buying cigarettes, but this is not always the easiest option for a lot of people. For others, quitting smoking can only seem like a distant dream. Even if you know you aren't ready to quit smoking completely, it does make sense to try and learn how to cut down on your smoking costs.

One of the easiest ways that you can cut down the amount of money that you spend on smoking is to just roll your own cigarettes. This may seem somewhat hassle-filled, but this can actually be a positive. If you must roll your own cigarettes, you're likely to smoke less which will help to save you at least a little bit of money.

Rolling your own cigarettes means that you will actually have to spend the time to roll a cigarette. In turn, this means there will be certain times when you would normally take a smoking break when you will no longer smoke simply because you can't really be bothered to roll a cigarette. This can significantly cut down on the amount that you smoke during the day while not depriving yourself from smoking since you can at any point you want. This can be the first step in breaking the smoking habit by showing how much you do smoke simply out of habit.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Go Generic

Health care can be expensive and one of the last things that you want to worry about when you are sick is paying for any prescribed drugs after you have been diagnosed and given medication instructions. There is nothing worse than getting to the pharmacist and having to pay a small fortune just to make yourself feel better.

One of the things that you can do when you have been told you need prescription medication from your health care professional is to ask for the generic equivalent of the medication rather than a named brand. Name brand prescription drugs are a lot more expensive. If you explain to your health care professional that you are struggling with money or looking to save a few pennies, they will be happy to prescribe an generic prescription if they feel it will do the same job.

Both generic and brand named medication will all work the same, much in a similar way as store brands are the same as the more expensive "named" brands. It's just the label that is different – they do the same job, have the same effect and they contain the same active ingredients. The only difference is that the name brand prescription drugs cost a lot more than their generic equivalents. It doesn't make a lot of sense to pay a lot more for something that is exactly the same you can get for cheaper.

Since all medication must be FDA approved, you can be sure that the difference between the two will be incredibly minimal, if at all. Of course, if you do have any questions about the potential differences between generic and brand medication, you can always ask your health care professional who will be more than happy to explain their feelings on the two. If generic is not an option, always check to see if there is are prescription drug coupons available for the brand named drug as this can also save you quite a bit of money.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Recycle in Your Garden

Everyone with a yard wants theirs to look as beautiful as possible. The problem is that most people believe that a beautiful garden means they have to spend a small fortune. The truth is that you could have the prettiest little garden of your dreams without spending an arm and a leg if you start to incorporate frugal garden tips into your repertoire. One of these frugal tips is to recycle

There are a wide variety of things that cost little to no money which you can use to spruce up the appearance of your garden. For example, you can get an old newspaper, shred it into strips and place at the bottom of containers and plant pots to retain the moisture. This is an especially great tip for the summer if you do not have the time that you would like to dedicate to your yard. This way you ensure that your plants stay alive even if you forget to water them once in awhile. Newspapers can also be a great barrier against weeds. When you read your weekend newspapers, rather than throwing them away, save them for future use in your garden.

Recycling can come in many forms. If you renovate a bathroom in your home, consider using the old sink as a display feature in your yard. You can add flowers to create a unique garden display that everyone will marvel at. it's definitely worthwhile thinking about how all the things that you throw away may be able to be used in your garden before you actually throw them away and help save environment.

There really very few things that you can't recycle to spruce up an unloved garden if you are willing to use your imagination. There are plenty of websites on the Internet that can give you ideas on how to recycle stuff in your garden to create a nicer looking yard.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

IRA Fees

Individual Retirement Accounts or IRA's are the perfect way to save money for retirement. However, like most things in life, if not used or invested properly, they prove to be more of a hindrance than a help, especially when it comes time for retirement. For this reason, it is important to know traditional Ira rules.

These have become one of the most popular types of investment plans for those looking to save for their retirement so it makes sense to know how to use them properly. One of the things that many people ignore or forget to ask about when looking to invest in an IRA are the fees and deductions that may occur, and this leads to the biggest IRA financial tip that you should know – check the fine print!

There are many IRA's out there that will charge an administration fee per year. These can be as small as around twenty-five dollars per year, but can be up to as much as a few hundred dollars. If you are thinking of investing your money in this manner, this is one of the first things that you should check. Unless, of course, you want a nasty surprise at the end of the year. There are some companies out there that will forget about this yearly administration fee as long as there is a large sum of money (usually around one hundred thousand dollars), but for most of us, this sum of money will not be present in the IRA for a long time.

There are some ways in which you can forget about the IRA fees. Those that are eligible for certain deductions can have them written off on their 1040 form. However, not all people will be allowed to write these payments off so it always makes sense to check the fine print and to make sure that the fees you are going to have to pay makes sense for your investments.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Change Your TV Subscriptions

TV is something that many people believe they cannot live without. Even when people do not actually sit down and watch the TV, it often provides background noise, as well as providing a place to relax and chill after a long day. This is not to mention the entertainment purposes. It is a place where the whole family gathers at night, so it would seem relatively unheard of to suggest eliminating the cost completely from your daily life (although it is possible to break the TV habit).

Luckily, you can save money on your TV without having to get rid of it, and all you really need to do is to take a look at the subscription package you currently have! Eliminating some of the channels from your monthly package does not have to mean the end of the world. It's all really about common sense.

Do you really need all of those channels? Be honest with yourself. How many of them do you actually watch on a regular basis? Take the premium channels such as sports and movies. You may have subscribed to them with the idea that you will have friends over for a few beers but really, how many times has this ever happened? You might have all the movie channels because you were adamant you were going to have a "movie night" with the family, but again, how many times has this actually happened?

If you can remove a few of the channels that you have in your monthly cable subscription, you can save a considerable amount of money per month. it very well may be more than you would first have realized. Even by downsizing to the package one lower from the one you currently have can free up money that could be better spent elsewhere such as paying off credit card debt or other necessary expenses.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Save Money On Pets

We all love having pets in our homes and for the most part, our furry little friends are considered to be just as much a part of the family as our siblings or our partners. That's the thing about pets -- we love them and they love us unconditionally. The only problem is, it's very easy to over react to the slightest pet ailments, and this is where most people find themselves spending a lot of money. The one tip that you should know about if you're looking to save money on your pets to not rush down to the vet too quickly when symptoms are not serious. The key is being able to distinguish between what is serious and what is not.

You wouldn't rush to the doctor's office every time you got a runny nose, so it's important no to panic when your pet gets ill. Pets get common ailments just the same as humans do, so it pays to invest in a book on on pet ailments so you can understand when your pet is in need of care and when he simply needs rest. For example, if you own a dog, buy a book on dog health care (or at least read up on common pet conditions online from a reputable website). Investing in a quality pet health book will pay for itself many times over the first time you reference it and realize that there is no need to rush off to the pet emergency room. Beyond the cost of the vet bill, you will also save the transportation costs, any medications and even costs of losing a day at work.

If you take the time to educate yourself on the different types of ailments that your pet is likely to come across in his or her lifetime, you can be assured that you will not rush to seek medical advice for your furry little friend too soon. If the ailment can be treated without a trip to the vet such as worms or fleas you will save yourself a bundle of money and your pet will be all the better because you caught the problem early.