Monday, February 13, 2012

Living On A Dime - Simple Ways To Save $7,000

Simple Ways to Save $7,000
by Tawra Kellam

Many of us often feel overwhelmed by debt and don't know how to start climbing out of it. For others it's a misconception that the more money you earn the easier it is to save. Tawra and Michael Kellam paid off $20,000 of credit card debt and medical bills in 5 years when their average income was $22,000 a year.
Here is how you can save over $7,000 in just one year cutting a few things from your grocery bill. They are painless, simple and add up over time. If you don't think that cutting out one bag of potato chips or one soda will make a difference, look at the numbers at the end of a year.
If you're trying to save so you can stay home with your kids, put a down payment on a house, pay off some credit card debt or just have some emergency money, here are 10 ways to do it without depriving yourself. The total annual savings (in parentheses) will amaze you! You can start with these tips from
By eliminating:
  • One $2.00 bag of potato chips (You don't have to cut out all chips, just 1 bag) from your grocery bill each week you can save $104.00 per year.
  • Cut a weekly $4.00 box of cereal and it puts $208 in your pocket each year.
  • If you eat out one less time each week at $30 a meal, you can save $1,560 annually.
  • Ordering one less delivered pizza at $20, can save you $1040 per year.
  • Daily gourmet coffee at $2.50 per cup ($910)
  • A daily liter of soda ($365)
  • Snack cakes ($455)
  • One less bottled water per day ($455)
  • One cup less juice per person in a family of four ($546)
  • 3 lbs. less red meat a week ($390)
  • Bringing your lunch instead of buying saves $4.00 a day or $1040 a year.

By themselves, these efforts may seem small--but they add up to over $7,000 in savings in just one year.

Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit , sign up for our free Living On A Dime Newsletter and learn to save more!

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