These cheap tricks save you dollars but won't make you feel like you're sacrificing too much.
1) Designer Tights
Cash Sucker: Buying designer-label tights, which cost around $20 a pop at a department store.
Cheap Trick: Pick up non-designer tights. They go for about $10 and are often the same quality. Find out more ways to look hot without going broke.
2) Brand-Name Food
Cash Sucker: Buying all brand-name food. For example, cereal costs $5 to $7 per box.
Cheap Trick: Go with store brands. The ingredients are often identical; they just package it more simply and price it about $3 to $4 a box. Learn how to work the dollar store with these tricks.
3) Café Coffee
Cash Sucker: Swinging into a coffee shop every morning for a latte. On average, you'll spend $20 a week - that comes to $1,040 a year.
Cheap Trick: Pick up a $10 frother from a housewares store. Home-brew your own joe, then use the frother to whip up the milk.
Cash Sucker: Purchasing stamps to mail your monthly bills - a year's worth can add up to $50.
Cheap Trick: Pay your bills online by having the money automatically transferred from your bank account.
Cash Sucker: Going out to a trendy bar with friends is fun, but one martini can set you back $10.
Cheap Trick : Have everyone over to your place for some wine pre-going out. A bottle of decent vino runs the same as one drink at a bar. Try making some of these delicious drinks at home.
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