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Shari's Money Multipliers

You can’t control inflation, but you can control your spending. Here are some tips to make your money last longer.  I call them money multipliers! Even if you take advantage of a few of them… every little bit helps.

Start with these "must-do multipliers"

Credit cards and bills:

  • Pay off your credit card in full every month. 
  • Establish automatic payment for your bills to avoid late fees. 
  • Check your credit annually at annualcreditreport.com


Banking accounts:

  • Keep the minimum balance needed to avoid monthly maintenance fees.
  • Set up overdraft protection—avoid overdrafts and their related fees.
  • Check on interest rates for accounts. Do you have too much money in a checking account paying 0%? Move some to an interest-bearing savings account.
  • Use your bank’s ATM network. Those $3 out-of-network fees can add up.


Insurance:

  • Shop and compare insurance prices: Auto, Home, Life, Disability, and Long-Term Care
  • Know your health insurance plans and options.


Home expenses:

  • Review your real estate taxes. If they seem high relative to other homes in your area, appeal them.
  • Maintain your home diligently to avoid, or at least defer, big ticket items in the future.


Employee benefits:

  • Contribute at least as much to your 401(k) plan as needed to get the match offered by your employer. 
  • Know all your benefits and review them on an annual basis.
  • Take advantage of company discounts.


Here are some extra money multipliers that add up:

  • Reduce your dining out expense: eat at home, bring your lunch.
  • Bring a list when shopping to avoid impulse buys.
  • Reduce your home expenses by weatherproofing, using LED bulbs, and automatic thermostats.
  • Keep maintenance on your car up to date. Then drive that well maintained car an extra year or two.
  • Do you need a second or third car? Carpooling, public transportation or Uber / Lyft are good alternatives.
  • When traveling, compare websites for hotels and airfare. Buy your tickets early and travel during nonpeak times when practical.
  • Cancel subscriptions you are not using: online streaming services, health clubs, newspapers, diet and food services to name a few.
  • Use, don't lose, those gift cards!
  • Carry a water bottle. Much cheaper and colder than plastic bottled water.
  • Rethink those expensive drinks. Fancy coffee and fancy cocktails add up over time.
  • Buy in bulk.  Also stock up on reusable bags, lunch boxes, and other containers.
  • Prescriptions: Look for generics and 90-day supplies.
  • Borrow or rent large-ticket items, including clothes.
  • One in / one out if you buy something, get rid of something.


Do you have some money multipliers? Send them my way!


Shari Greco Reiches

Shari co-founded Rappaport Reiches Capital Management with one goal - to maximize the return on life for her clients. Please connect with Shari below. She loves to talk about investing, financial planning, and Barry Manilow.


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