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Spring clean your budget with these 19 ways to cut costs & save more every month. For the next two weeks, join us and Elissa the Mom as we bring you life hacks, organization tips and money-saving tricks to kick off your spring.

Spring clean your budget with these 19 ways to cut costs & save more every month

You can also follow along — and share YOUR spring cleaning tips — on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube! It's officially spring! And that means it's officially spring cleaning season! From cable bills to everyday spending habits, these 19 tips will help you save more, spend less, and help you have a sunnier 2016 when it comes to finances. 1. You might think that first on our list should be the infamous New Year's resolutions we've become so accustomed to year after year. Setting goals is a habit for people who win with money, and it should become a habit for you too. Frugal Living Archives. Ten Ways to Save with Lighting. The ENERGY STAR Change the World Campaign is a national call-to-action from the U.S.

Ten Ways to Save with Lighting

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to encourage every individual to help change the world by taking individual steps to fight against global warming. New Jersey's Clean Energy Program has made a commitment to do our part to save energy and help protect the environment. Join us and take the ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge to change at least one light at home to an energy efficient one. Learn about Home Depot's CFL recycling program to ensure you dispose of them properly or visit to learn more about recycling your compact fluorescent light bulbs. Change five lights. Buy products with a strong warranty. 97 Easy Ways to Save Money - Simple Savings on a Budget. Try these 97 easy ways to save money on everything from groceries to health care, kids stuff, utilities, transportation, gifts, entertainment, and more!

97 Easy Ways to Save Money - Simple Savings on a Budget

I first compiled this huge list of easy ways to save money in January 2014 when we were in the midst of our journey to get out of debt fast. We were living on one low income at the time. At first I didn’t feel there was anywhere else I could possibly squeeze our budget. Over time, though, I started adopting these money saving tips one by one and I was able to make a much bigger dent in our debt than I imagined!

11 apps that will cut your grocery bills in half. Food is a big expense for American families, eating up around 10% of the typical household budget, according to the USDA.

11 apps that will cut your grocery bills in half

In addition, Americans spend nearly half of their food money eating out -- 49.6% to be exact. This is up from 26% in 1960, due to the increasing number of people working outside of the home. When it's all said and done, we spend anywhere from $3,685 to more than $10,000 per year on food -- and if you want to keep your spending closer to that lower end, it's a great idea to try to save whenever possible. So to help you get started, here are 11 smartphone apps that can help you slash your food expenses! Read more: 10 ways you're wasting on groceries (and how to save!) iBotta iBotta is an app that pays you through cash back rebates you can earn before you shop.

Get this app. Read more: 15 ways to save more on groceries Checkout 51 Checkout 51 works in a similar fashion to iBotta. Get this app. Get this app. Southern Savers Get this app. Favado. The Top 10 Ways Homemakers Can Save Money. 6 Ways To Cut Home Energy Costs. Utility bills can make up a significant portion of a family’s monthly budget.

6 Ways To Cut Home Energy Costs

With a little planning, research, and work, you can cut your home's energy consumption by a substantial amount. Here are 6 ways to get the job done. Improve your HVAC's Efficiency HVAC systems account for half or more of your utility bills. There are several steps you can take to improve the efficiency of your home's system. You'll also want to make sure all windows and doors fit correctly, are properly installed, and sealed to reduce air leakage to the outside.

Check Your Insulation This helps by reducing loss of heated/cooled air and reduces strain on your system. 5 ways a debt-free mom saves money in the kitchen. Like many other busy moms, Lydia Senn knows her way around the kitchen and how to stretch every last dollar of her grocery budget.

5 ways a debt-free mom saves money in the kitchen

But the mother of two wasn’t always frugal – in fact, quite the opposite. Read more: 15 ways to save on groceries without digging for coupons On her personal blog, Lydia explains that she and her husband used to be $36,000 in debt, which was a combination of car loans, student loans, credit cards and medical bills. By eliminating unnecessary expenses, the couple paid off their debt in two years on just one income. As Lydia points out on her website, finding various ways to save even just a little bit of money can make a difference, especially in the kitchen -- and here are just five of her secret strategies! 1.