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More Secrets For Living On A Single Income

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* BUY USED FURNITURE. Watch for classic
furnishings that, when repaired, refinished or
reupholstered, become "antiques."

* PRACTICE SMALL ECONOMICS. Watch
the pennies - and the dollars will take care of
themselves. Make your own birthday and holiday
decorations, Halloween costumes, valentines,
wrapping paper, greeting cards.

* CHANGE OLD HABITS. Use the library,
instead of buying new books. Give up bad, costly
habits - especially smoking and drinking. Be vigilant
about turning off your heat, air conditioning and
water heater when not in use. Water down your
shampoo. Have a friend or family member cut
your hair.

More drastic measures:

* DRIVE CHEAPER CARS. Buy a used car or
a new car that you can maintain for at least ten years.

* MOVE TO A LESS-EXPENSIVE
NEIGHBORHOOD or region.

* INSTEAD OF GOING ON COSTLY
VACATIONS, take day trips to local lakes,
museums, state fairs, historic sites or hiking trails.

In the aggregate, these measures will save the
average family thousands of dollars each year.

Source: Amy Dacyczyn, "The Tightwad Gazette" (adapted)

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