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22 ways live to well with less and save money

  • Yard sales are a great way to clear up clutter, meet your neighbours and make a little extra money.
  • Clothing swaps are a great way to refresh your wardrobe and get together with friends and neighbours.
  • Set aside some money each month, no matter how small the amount. It can be a lifesaver if job loss strikes.
  • New skills training makes you more employable in your field or another.
  • Use meat alternatives like beans, tofu or legumes a few times a week to cut down your grocery bill and improve your health.
  • Buy larger containers of things like yogurt and split them up into individual portions to take for lunch.
  • Cook larger meals and take leftovers for lunch or freeze them.
  • Buy bulk items with friends and divide the purchase to save money.
  • Many stores have a monthly customer appreciation day. Save 10 to 15%.
  • Don't let media's focus on negative job market stories affect your attitude. Stay positive and use your networks to let people know you are looking for work.
  • Lights in a house are an easy thing to change out. Buy energy efficient bulbs and swap them out.
  • Network to make connections in the community and support each other. Take the time to speak with neighbours. Pass on information about resources.
  • Consider volunteering. You'll find you receive much more than you give.
  • Spend quality time volunteering with your kids.
  • Unplug appliances when you are not using them. Appliances left plugged in guzzle a lot of energy!
  • Enjoy free sporting events at Millennium Place and local sports fields when clubs and community teams show off their skills.
  • Many services offer seniors discounts. You won't know unless you ask!
  • Community gardens are a great way to meet your neighbours and grow some fresh veggies.
  • Keep up the seasonal maintenance of your vehicle. The recommended tire pressure will help you save fuel and money.
  • Accelerate and decelerate more gently to use less gas.
  • Energy efficiency saves money. Car pool, turn off lights, hang clothes to dry, and walk or bike instead of driving.
  • Use outdoor tennis and volleyball courts, parks and other amenities for free.

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Last updated: Friday, December 15, 2017
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