Ways to Cut Your Bills Down to Size

Usual belt-tightening suspects abound: Eat at home, cut out luxuries, get a second job
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2008 7:41 PM CST
In this Aug. 11, 2008, file photo, shoppers walk down the aisle at the J.C. Penney Co. store in Berlin, Vt.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Spendthrift Americans from all rungs of the income ladder are taking a page from Scrooge these days, adopting new, cash-lite strategies to get through hard times, USA Today notes. They're managing to save by:

  • Hocking whatever's collecting dust in their closets: The average household has $3,200 worth of saleable goods, according to one estimate.
  • Eating at home, not in restaurants: No big surprise here; look to bulk grocery shopping to cut costs further.

  • Clipping coupons: This old-fashioned activity is on the rise for the first time in 15 years.
  • Avoiding credit-card charges: Layaway is making a comeback as formerly plastic-happy consumers are opting to pay with cash.
  • Doubling up on jobs: The number of Americans working a part-time job on top on their regular job is up 11%.
  • Postponing that vacation: Personal travel is down 1% as more Americans opt to stay home.
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