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4 Tips to save money in 2017

The first month of the new year has come and gone. Chances are you made resolutions, like you do every year, and you probably did a few of them. But let’s be real, after 30 days, a lot of them just didn’t happen. Am I right? Hey, us too, so no judgement here. Literally the word exercise sounds like “extra fries” to us. So we’re obviously doing resolutions all wrong.

While not keeping your resolutions may taste like a sour lemon, we are here to help you make freshly squeezed lemonade from all that – here are some ideas to give you that kick in the butt you need to get started.

Be a money saving master (Black belt NOT included)

Separate Money Into Envelopes
Stop putting money in your sock drawer. Seriously, please stop! Envelopes are easier to organize and smell so much better. Write what the envelope will be used for: light bill, gas money, food, etc. Once your money is separated, you’ll know exactly where it is when it’s time to pay the bill and you won’t accidentally spend it on a gift for grandma. Easy huh?

Save your change in a jar

Quick: Pop Quiz! Pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters are for wishing fountains at the mall? OR are they to be collected in a jar? Save it in a jar, just make sure it’s not the swear jar. Trust us, it’ll add up. If you are consistent with saving your change, you will be surprised at how much you have. Now you can get your grandma and your special friend a gift.

Save $5 a week

Put down the $5 box of Girl Scout Cookies (yes, we know Thin Mint season is around the corner – just be strong, you can do it). When you save $5 a week , you could easily have $260 to spend by the end of the year. What could you use $260 for? And, no, it’s not to buy MORE Thin Mints.

Reduce bill payments

Paying bills is so much fun…said no one ever. Have you ever asked for a payment plan? Many companies would be happy to work with you, but you have to ask first. This works for light bills, car payments, water bills, and more. So pick up the phone and see what you can do to help yourself. Wishing you a very Happy New Year full of financial health and fresh lemonade!