the quote came back for $250 below
my current rate. I was so mad I went
with another company and saved
$600!” —Joy Dove, West Jefferson,
28. Clean with shampoo “I use an
inexpensive brand for scrubbing tubs
and tiles. It’s nontoxic, smells good, and
costs a lot less than cleansers.”—Lourdes
Cortez, Staten Island, New York
29. Clean with vinegar “Forget about
expensive name-brand cleaning products. You can do a lot with white vinegar
and salt, and they are not toxic.” —Heidi
Ross, Centennial, Colorado
30. Get a radio discount “Some
stations have coupons worth 30 to 75
percent off the regular price for dining, lodging, massages, and getaways.”
—Dorothy Baker, Boyne Falls, Michigan
31. Get a loyalty discount “I register
as a frequent diner with various restaurants to receive coupons and unadvertised specials.” —Linda Granzow, Mesa,
32. Get the “I asked” discount
“Always ask if an establishment has a
discount for people over 50. Many do,
but they won’t offer it unless you ask.”
—Cliff Johnston, China Spring, Texas
33. Print your own greeting cards
“I use the computer.” —Beatrice O’Kelly,
34. Save on sirloin “Ask your supermarket manager which day is best for
discounts on meat. I have purchased
beautiful cuts for about one-fourth the
original price, and I have never gotten spoiled meat.” —Barbara Stanley,
35. Dust off the pressure cooker
“Its speed saves energy, and, to my
surprise, some dishes even taste better,
like the lentil soup I make with a quick
ham-hock broth.” —Beverly Wilson,
Lincoln, New Mexico
Many of you offered these
36. Set a budget.
37. Clip coupons.
38. Buy in bulk.
39. Take the bus.
40. Avoid moochers.
41. Grow your food.
42. String a clothesline.
43. Swap stuff.
44. Always pay cash.
45. Use it up, wear it out,
make it do, or do without!
46. Bank online “I have my paycheck
direct-deposited and save on driving.”
—Sue Hibler, Angola, Indiana
47. Think “junk” “I have had enough
yard sales, and made enough Goodwill
donations, to know that many things
aren’t really necessary or are impulse
purchases that will sit on a shelf. So I
generally do not buy anything without
then giving two items to Goodwill.”
—Shelley Edmondson, Sedona, Arizona
48. Procrastinate “Whenever I’m
tempted to buy an unplanned item I
see at the store, I delay getting it until
my next shopping trip. I usually don’t
buy it then, either.” —Donald Clement,
49. Learn a skill “Rather than hire a
plumber, I go to the library to research
a problem so I can do the repair myself. With a computer and Internet
access, it’s easy to get an answer to
any question.” —Hubert Neubauer, Los
50. Muzzle the media “I mute
the television during commercials
and seldom read magazines, thereby
avoiding ads and articles that encourage consumerism.” —Diana Joubert,
Florence, Alabama [Glad AARP THE
MAGAZINE is the exception! —Ed.] ;