13 Ways to Save Money in 2013

This coming year, there’s one resolution that all of us here at Complaints List are making: a resolution to save more money. With talk of the Fiscal Cliff peppering the news, what better time than now to start responsible money practices? A large part of what we do here at Complaints List is helping wronged consumers get justice. However, one of the biggest wrongs we’re all guilty of is paying way too much for products and services. That wrong is righted by the practices and habits we develop ourselves.

So, without further ado, 13 ways to save in 2013:

1. Start clipping coupons. You get them in the mail, paper, on the backs of receipts, and dozens of other places. Why aren’t you using them?

2. Watch for sales. When something that you regularly use goes on sale, stock up!

3. Also, don’t forget about seasonal sales. Right now, for example, is a great time to buy Christmas decorations for next year. Pretty soon, spring clothing merchandise will be hitting shelves, which means it’s a great time to buy winter clothes at huge discounts.

4. Fourthly, sign up for retailer’s e-lists and other groups/clubs. You’ll be able to get exclusive discounts that you won’t find any other way.

5. Purchase a coupon book for your local area. This is a great way to get discounts to local businesses that don’t always offer bargains.

6. Keep an eye on group deal purchases. Groupon and Living Social are just two sites that offer great online deals to consumers who are ready to act quickly.

7. Buy in bulk at places like Sam’s Club and Costco. You know you’re going to use a hundred rolls of toilet paper. If you have room for them, why not buy them all now and save money in the long run?

8. Participate in surveys at the bottom of receipts. Companies are desperate for feedback. They’re so desperate, in fact, that many of them are willing to give free merchandise or perks to people who oblige them.

9. Start paying attention to consumer resource blogs and websites like this one. You’ll find out about exclusive deals that the rest of the consumer world doesn’t know about.

10. Sign up with AAA and other organizations that offer deals for members.

11. Senior citizens and students can get tons of exclusive discounts that aren’t available to the general public. Just keep an eye open, and/or ask!

12. …which brings us to point number twelve…. Just ask for a discount! You’d be surprised how many retailers are willing to give you one!

13. Lastly, compare prices for any big purchase online. It’s hands down the best way to find a deal!

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