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Control Over Money

1. Use cash instead of bank cards. It is easier to stop spending when you can see that you are out of money.

2. Avoid shopping unless it is absolutely necessary. I never go for groceries until my fridge is totally empty. It is amazing how creative you can be and how much you can save when you follow this practice.

3. Shop with a list. Do not buy anything unless it is on the list.

4. Try scheduling appointments one week later than you normally would. You can save the price of at least two haircuts a year by booking every five weeks instead of every four weeks.

5. Plan your outings so that you save on gas. I often write the places that I need to go (using the shortest geographic route) on a sticky note which I place on the dash of my car.

6. Purchase a library card instead of buying books. You will be surprised at the good selection of novels, CDs, movies and newspapers that you can access for $5.00 a year with your card.

7. Go through your clothing and determine what new combinations or accessories you can add to be stylish without purchasing more items.

8. Instead of purchasing bottled water or buying specialty coffees from retail outlets, carry a thermal cup that holds a beverage you prepared at home.

9. Divide the monthly payments for your credit cards and mortgage by four and then pay this amount weekly. You will not only reduce the interest significantly, but also make four extra payments a year.

10. Write down every penny you spend for the next month and then analyze the list. This will help you to determine what you can reduce or eliminate in the future.