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7 ways to stop the money drain

Most of us let cash slip out of our wallet without even realizing it. Stop the slow drain with these tips for whittling down your costs on everyday expenses from commuting to utilities to fun stuff.

 
1. Give yourself a raise! Stretch your paycheck

Hang on to more of your salary with these 5 tips.

 
2. Make your house energy-efficient

Stop the money leak!

   
3. Find a cell phone plan that fits your lifestyle
  Here's how to land a good deal on a cell phone.
Plus: Cell phone plan comparison worksheet
 
4. Take a second look at how you get to work

With gas prices and insurance premiums soaring, a change in your daily commute could save you lots.
Plus: Cut costs on your auto insurance
And: Check out these 15 ways to save money on gas

 
5. Save hundreds in minutes by comparison shopping
Check out how much can be saved by making a few phone calls.
 
6. Don't settle for high rates on your credit cards
How to request a lower interest rate today.
Plus: Beat credit card late fees
 
7. Pack your suitcase with of money-saving travel tips
Whether you're planning a week-long trip or weekend excursion, the best deals go to early planners.
Plus: 8 ways to save on air travel
 
 
 
-- Posted: Nov. 6, 2003
     

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