You don’t need anyone to tell you that you should be saving money — I think we’re all aware of that by now. In an economy where most people don’t have piles of extra cash just sitting around, waiting to be funneled off into a savings account, what you could use are some real tips for actually finding the extra cash to put away.

The next few blogs will be dedicated to 30 Ways to Save you Money.  Let’s start with the first five below;

1)      Pack your lunch-we’ve heard this before, but it does save a bundle in the long run.  You can average $100 a month if you limit your eating out to a couple of times a week.

2)      Borrow a dress/suit. How often do we buy a new dress or suit for that night out or conference dinner and never wear it again.  Depending on your social life or business, this can get very expensive.  Unless you plan to wear that garment several more times in the future, it’s not really worth the expense. If you have an event coming up, just borrow a nice outfit from a close friend or rent one for the day — yes, ladies, you can rent dresses.

3)      Clean out your closet. You know you have clothes in the depths of your closet and dresser drawers that will never be worn again. If you have some fairly nice stuff, you can take it to a consignment shop in your area for cash on the spot. Tip: Washing and hanging everything nicely will increase your chances of making a sale.

4)      Let your roots show. Getting your hair professionally colored is ridiculously expensive. If you dare, perform your own at-home touch up, or simply wait eight weeks instead of four.

5)      Add an automatic transfer. Here’s an easy way to save without cutting a single expense: Set up an automatic transfer of $25 per from your checking account to your savings account. I guarantee you won’t miss the money.

To Be Continued in the next blog