MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR TEENS by ezb18168

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                            MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR TEENS


        Advertisers spend billions of dollars a year trying to convince you to buy their
      products and services. As a Savvy Saver, however, you know that you don’t need to
       spend a lot of money to have fun. Here are some ideas to get you started. Would
                                  any of these work for you?

                          Prioritize                                  Food for Thought
         1,2,3: Spend money only on things you really      Beware of the Vending Villain- vending
         need or that would have great value to you.      machines and convenience stores are usually
         Often, the simplest saving strategy is to just   more expensive than supermarket groceries.
         say no!                                          Bring your snacks and meals from home.
                                                           Order tap water at restaurants (even
                 The Walk and The Talk                    though it’s not on the menu) to save $1-$2
                                                          each time!
         A car could be the biggest purchase you          Eating out adds up! Try having a potluck
         might make as a teenager. In reality, many       and cooking at home with your friends.
         teenagers can get by without one. Think
                                                           Habit or Hunger? That $3 cup of coffee
         about the cost of insurance, gas, and
                                                          can add up to hundreds of dollars a year.
         maintenance, in addition to the actual car!      Before buying food or drinks, think: do I
          Bike, walk, use public transportation,         really need this?
         and carpool to save on gas money.
         Those text messages add up! Keep track of
         how much you’re using and how much                              Be Creative!
         you’re being charged. Text less!                 Make your own cards and gifts- this makes
          Think about the way you use your cell          them more special anyways!
         phone. Can you cut back on your minutes, or      Whenever possible, make something
         get a better plan? Could you get by without a    yourself instead of buying it.
         cell?                                            Create your own fun!


                       Entertain Me!                                      Shop Smart
         See a matinee movie or rent a DVD               $ Buy clothing off-season for a better deal.
         instead of seeing an evening show.               $ Shop at garage sales and thrift stores for
         Visit your library! Why would you buy           great bargains.
         movies, books or CDs when there is a whole       $ Avoid impulse buying. Make a shopping
         collection you can use for free?                 list and stick with it.
         Fun can be free! Go to a park, hang with        $ Comparison shop! Explore different
         your friends, and look for free events going     options and prices, wait for sales, clip
         on in your school or neighborhood.               coupons… plan before you spend.
                                                          $ Avoid malls and stores altogether- the less
                                                          that you go, the less you will be tempted to
                         Bank on It                       spend money!
         *Sign up for savings and/or checking
         accounts with no monthly fees.
         *Avoid taking money out of ATMs that have
         fees!

								
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