Living within your means does not mean that you have to give up the nice things that you enjoy so much. It just means that you look for alternative ways to enjoy those things. For instance, I used to spend a monthly fee to listen to music on Rhapsody, but then I found Imeem and DADA where listening to music is absolutely free. I am saving money but still enjoying something that I like to do.

Take advantage of the rewards programs that are offered by various stores. You will be surprised at what you can get for free or at discounted prices. You save a lot of money at grocery stores and drug stores with reward cards.

If you like renting movies, try Redbox, which can be found at your local Wal-Greens, Wal-Mart or McDonalds. Read my post here about saving money with Redbox.

A lot of people have expensive habits such as smoking and drinking. Giving up those things can save you so much money. You can also learn to do things on your own – if you like desserts, try your hand at baking. If you like giving gifts, tap in to your creative side and make handmade items for others.

Finding alternative ways to do things isn’t a bad idea. Just find a new way and do it, then sit back and look at all the money that you have saved.

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