Sunday, June 21, 2009

How To Save Money on Medicine | Discount Medicine

How To Save Money on Medicine | Discount Medicine

Are you wanting to know how to save money on medicine prices? Whether it be prescription medicines or OTC drugs, there are several ways to fight rising medicine costs. And the money saving tips below should help you lower the expense of your medicine purchases.

Save Money on Medicine

Choosing Pharmacies

Let's face it, more and more pharmacies are competing heavily for your prescription filling needs. Most pharmacies now offer super-low prices on many common prescriptions and if you're not taking advantage of the savings, you could be losing an abundant amount of money. Wal-Mart pharmacy has their $4.00 Prescription Program and many other pharmacies have now followed suit. There's no reason to be paying full price on common generic prescriptions covered under these prescription plans when you can get a 30 day supply for just $4.00. Or for even more savings, talk to your doctor and ask them to write a prescription for a 90 day supply and you'll only end up paying $10 for prescriptions covered under these money saving plans.

Check Prescription Drug Costs

When your doctor prescribes a new prescription drug, be sure to ask what the average price is for that medication. There's no feeling quite like going to purchase a new prescription and learning that you just can't afford the costly drug. If there's a problem in being able to afford a certain prescription your doctor may be able to help you by prescribing a similar medicine.

Buy Discount Generic Prescription Drugs

There are certain cases in which it's just not worth the risk to switch to or buy generic prescription drugs. But for many, buying discount generic equivalent medicine can save an enormous amount of money and still provide the same effect as a brand medicine. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist to determine whether a generic prescription would work in your particular case.

OTC Generic Drugs

Many of us have grown up using brand name OTC medicines. But when money is tight, you can be frugal and still use a medicine that will most likely suit your medical needs. Most OTC generic drugs are manufactured to have the same medicinal effect as brand name drugs. And many generic drugs use the exact same ingredients in their manufacturing process. The next time you're out at the drug store looking to heal what ails you, compare the ingredients on the back of the bottles and you'll find many with the exact same ingredients and/or mixtures. You can then choose if you want to really save money on your medicine needs or pay for brand advertising.
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Saturday, June 6, 2009

How To Get Better Gas Mileage MPG | Saving Money

How To Get Better Gas Mileage MPG | Saving Money

Learning how to get better gas mileage helps you save money on fuel costs. But if you factor in some of the methods used for achieving better gas mileage, you can also save wear and tear on your vehicle in the long run. Listed below, you'll find a multitude of ways to get more miles per gallon out of each tank of gas.

Save on Gas Mileage

Better Gas Mileage Tips

  • When starting your vehicle in the mornings, let your vehicle warm up no more than a minute before driving. Excess idling burns fuel and cuts into your gas mileage. If you plan to stop somewhere during your commute and you will be away from your vehicle for longer than 30 seconds, turn off your vehicle's engine. It's always a good idea to turn off your engine and remove your keys from the ignition to prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

  • When accelerating to cruising speed, try to get up to speed as quickly as possible, but don't floor the gas pedal to do so. A nice and steady acceleration will get your vehicle up to optimum MPG speeds with the least amount of gas burned.

  • Speaking of optimum speed for better gas mileage. Did you know that most vehicles burn the least amount of gas around 55 - 60 miles per hour? If you can drive that speed without getting run over, try to achieve that limit. Otherwise, do your best to keep at a steady cruising speed and plan ahead to avoid unnecessary braking & acceleration.

  • If you happen to be a NASCAR fan, you've probably heard the race announcers talking about how light the bodies of the cars are. One of the reasons for this is for fuel conservation. A heavier vehicle means less MPG. If you use your vehicle as a storage shed, ditch what you don't really need and you should see better gas mileage.

  • If your vehicle comes with Overdrive, use it. Follow your owner's manual when using Overdrive. Some examples of times when Overdrive shouldn't be used are on long uphill grades at cruising speed or when you're pulling heavy objects such as a loaded trailer or boat.

  • If you have a habit of using your left foot for braking, break it. The habit I mean, not your foot. If you have a left foot braking habit, you could be riding your brakes without realizing it and that can really cut into your chances of getting better gas mileage.

  • When is the last time you had a tune-up? Taking your vehicle in for a tune-up can substantially increase your gas mileage, depending on how long the last one was performed.

  • While some may argue that air conditioning causes fuel consumption, so does wind drag. The difference is so minimal that it would have to be proven in a wind tunnel and I simply don't have the funds for purchasing one of those this month. So crank up the air conditioning and stay cool. The only drawback to this plan is if you're stuck in stop and go, bumper-to-bumper traffic on the hottest day of summer idling over sweltering blacktop, you have to roll the windows down and turn off the air, because then your air conditioning would be a gas hog and you couldn't use wind drag as an excuse. Sorry, these are the rules. I don't make them, I just follow them.

  • Air your tires up to their recommended PSI. You should find the recommended PSI located on your tire sidewalls.

  • And last, but certainly not least, shop around for gas prices. Gas Buddy does a pretty good job of keeping track of current local gas prices.

Here's hoping we all get better gas mileage this coming summer!
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How To Save Water | Water Conservation

How To Save Water | Water Conservation

There are countless ways that you can save water and conserving water doesn't have to be an inconvenience either. Listed below are simple ways that you can save water in and around your home or business.

Water Conservation

  • Number one on my list of ways to save water is: Pee in the woods. Now I know this may sound rude to some, but think of the benefits. Not only do you save a flush, but you also fertilize some thankful tree or plant.

  • Repair any toilet leaks. Leaking toilets can cause a considerable waste of water, but are usually very cheap to fix

  • The average shower time is 8 minutes. Most people can shorten their shower time by several minutes, thus conserving several gallons of water per shower.

  • When boiling vegetables or eggs, let the water cool down and then use it to water your plants.

  • Install insulation on your hot water pipes. When you have a large home it can take a gallon or more of water before hot water reaches the faucet.

  • When brushing your teeth, don't leave the water running the whole time. There's no reason for water to be running while you're brushing.

  • Install a shutoff valve behind your shower head and turn off the water while lathering up. This alone can save several hundred gallons per year. Multiply this by our average national household and you will understand what a difference it could make in water conservation.

  • Only wash laundry with a full load and try not to use hot water as much as possible.

  • If you have to use a dishwasher, try to use it only when full. Otherwise, try to wash dishes by hand.

  • Don't just flush trash down the toilet.

  • Don't flush fruit and vegetable scraps down through the trash compactor. Instead, start a compost pile and add the scraps to it.

  • Even though it's a common thing to do, don't defrost your food under running water. Try to plan ahead and let your food defrost in the fridge or if you're in a hurry use the defrost cycle on your microwave.

  • If you take a bath, try to fill the tub with as little water as needed. When I was growing up, we used to have to take a bath in bath water that had already been used by another bather. I'm sure it's still done to this day, but I didn't like it then and I wouldn't even ask that someone else do it now.

  • If you absolutely must water your lawn, try to do it early in the morning hours to prevent evaporation.

  • Apply mulch around your garden plants. This helps prevent the soil from losing moisture, stabilizes soil temperature and provides a suitable environment for the roots of your plants as well as beneficial soil organisms.

  • When you must water your plants due to drought conditions, water them deeply. This prevents you from watering them often which is actually not good for plants as it causes the plants to develop shallow roots.

  • Install a dead weight inside your toilet tank to reduce water used by flushing. This can be almost anything, just make sure it doesn't rust. Your goal is to replace water with "dead space".

  • If you live in an arid region and wish to surround your home with plants, consider Xeriscaping to minimize water usage.

  • Wash your vehicle with as little water as possible. Better yet, wash your vehicle while it's raining to take full advantage of the conditions.

  • Use drip irrigation for watering your garden. You can hide the hose under mulch to really gain the full effect of water conservation.

  • Install flow restrictors or low-flow faucet aerators on your faucets.

  • If you need to clean off a driveway or patio, sweep it off instead of spraying it off.

  • Collect rain water from your gutters into a rain barrel to water your plants. Some municipalities actually offer cash rebates for purchasing the rain barrels for this purpose. If yours doesn't, encourage your local leaders to do so.

  • If permissible by your local code, collect & use gray water for watering your ornamental trees & plants.

  • Use the water that you soak your feet in to water your ornamental plants as long as you don't add any harmful chemicals to it.

  • Again, if you "must" water your lawn, consider adjusting the cutting deck of your mower higher to more heavily shade the soil and prevent moisture loss.

  • If you have a pool in your backyard, consider a pool cover to minimize evaporation.

As I learn of even more ways on how to save water, I will continually update this water conservation list.
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Friday, June 5, 2009

How To Save Money on Food | Save Money on Meals

How To Save Money on Food | Save Money on Meals

Learn how to save money on food bills with these simple, but often forgotten frugal tips. As the average cost of food seems to be constantly on the rise, we sometimes forget tips and tricks for saving on meals that have been passed down over the ages. Here's a few tips for saving money on groceries that should leave a little extra change in your pocket to get you through until next month.

Save Money on Food

Saving Money on Food Purchases

  • One of the easiest ways to saving money on food is to use coupons. It only takes a few seconds to clip coupons to help you save big. Here are some places online to find money saving coupons:

  • Take your meals to work instead of eating out. Brown bagging it can save up to $1000 dollars a year on food purchases. You work hard! It's equally important to save hard.

  • Another way to save money on grocery bills is by using grocery store loyalty cards. Use these cards during grocery sales with/without coupons and you could walk away not having to pay a dime on certain products.

  • Watch when buying store brands vs. brand names. Sometimes, especially during food sales, the store brand can actually be priced higher than the brand name food item. Also be sure to price items per ounce or unit price. Sometimes buying bulk items can be even more expensive.

  • Buy in bulk during grocery store sales. You may end up with a freezer packed full of meat, but you'll have saved a bundle if you play your cards right.

  • Shop for groceries at scratch and dent or salvage food stores. My father works at a huge national food supplier chain. We pretty much grew up on these types of groceries. Sometimes it's just that a forklift driver makes a mistake and sends a steel fork through a box of canned items and the case is no longer good for sale as a whole lot. Items like these are rewrapped on a pallet and sold for individual sale to some salvage retailers. Many of these food items have not one single thing wrong with them. They were just unfortunate to be in the wrong case at the wrong time. One word of caution: Be sure to check dates on all food purchases. It's not a deal if you have to pitch it in the trash for being out-of-date.

  • Many of us are concerned about our source of drinking water. It doesn't take long for bottled water to really add up on the grocery bill each month. Especially if you're drinking the recommended amount of water daily. Buy a water filter today and quit wasting money on bottled water.

  • You can save a bundle on food costs by eating in instead of eating out. If you don't know how already, learn to cook. It's not really that hard and if you're reading this, you have the almighty internet to guide you along. Virtually any question you have on cooking can be answered online. There are online food forums specifically built for people like yourselves.

  • Shop less - Save more! When you do shop for food, buy as much as you can when you shop. Travel costs should be included in your grocery store trips and fuel costs can contribute to less money in your bank every month.

  • If you do find yourself having to eat out, use coupons for fast food purchases. They can save you at the very least several dollars for each food purchase.

  • Grow a garden! Even if you live in an apartment with a balcony, you can grow vegetables in containers and save big on fresh produce. Those of us with a decent size backyard can grow the majority of our fruits and vegetables right in our own backyard. And one of the benefits of a garden is that it helps to keep you physically fit.

Hopefully, some of these tips will help you save money on food purchases!
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