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Your Take: Your Best Money Saving Tip

Near the end of last year, I put together a list of 100 money saving tips [3] that became very popular. The post itself took quite a bit of time but in the end was worth it for me because I picked up a few ideas I hadn’t thought of beforehand or just recently hadn’t done. For example, after writing that, I looked at tip #22 and realized I hadn’t checked my car’s tire pressure lately. Almost that day, I eye-balled my tires and saw that one of them was a little low. I took it over to Costco because the tires had nitrogen (you can add regular air too, but we were going to Costco anyway) and they discovered that the valve was broken and had to be replaced (gratis of course, Costco is wonderful!). That little trip saved us a little bit of money and a lot of headache down the road.

So I’m curious, what is your best money saving tip? If your friend, as I hope I am, walked up to you and asked you for the best idea you had for saving money, what would you tell them? It’s perfectly OK if that tip is one of the ones on that list, I’d still like to hear it and how you’ve saved with it. It’s OK if it’s an “obvious” tip, because we see obvious tips every day that we never think about (like checking tire pressure!).

What is your best money saving tip? Let’s have it! 🙂

Heck, just to juice it up a little, a $20 Starbucks gift card to the person with the best tip as chosen by me. Contest ends next Friday, January 23rd, at noon. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to Lauren (Comment submitted at 01/16/2009 at 2:28pm), winner of the $20 Starbucks gift card! Please feel free to continue leaving tips but the contest has ended.

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