Money-saving tips for the unemployed, unpaid
Maybe you just graduated college and still haven't landed a job. Maybe you scored one of those "great" unpaid internships. Or maybe you are just poor like many college students.
Whatever your situation, here are seven money-saving ideas for living on your own this summer from Teri Gault, the founder of TheGroceryGame.com and author of "Shop Smart, Save More."
1. Used furniture is stylish
Garage sales and second-hand stores are the best places to get furniture at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Choose a rustic or shabby chic decorating theme, so that refinishing is easy or not even necessary.
2. Bundle your bills
Your TV cable, Internet and phone may be available from one provider. By bundling these services, you can save over-paying individual companies. Don't be afraid to barter and ask for discounts. You can also save by bundling your insurance and asking them to match or beat their competitors.
3. Cut down your food bill
Food is the second-biggest expense for many households. Instead of buying groceries when you run out and paying full price, stock up on things you like to eat when they are on sale. You'll save about 50 percent, and if you add a coupon, about 67 percent.
4. Take your lunch
You don't even have to "make" a lunch to take your lunch to work. When delicious frozen meals are on sale, stock up. Bringing lunch just three times a week can save more than $100 a month.
5. Check your drugstore for savings
All the major drugstore chains sell groceries, as well as health and beauty items, cleaning products and household items. Check weekly sales, and combine them with coupons for even more savings.
6. Buy linens on clearance
Linens, including bedding and towels, have styles that go out of season. Search for the best deals on clearance items online.
7. Hit holiday sales for dishes and kitchen supplies
Year-round holiday sales are the best time to buy for great savings on everything for the kitchen. Shop online for the best deals and price comparisons. Search for promo codes to use at checkout for additional savings or free shipping.
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