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Strategic frugal living can help you live a debt-free life

avoid credit cardsConsidering that you are already in debt — today it is difficult to find anyone without a debt problem — it is imperative that you to downsize your outgoing expenses. This lets you channel money toward your debts; paying down debts becomes much easier.

This is also a boost for your savings, allowing you to set aside more money than before. Finally, the process also requires you to budget your finances, which helps you avoid future debt.

But to put all of these together, it requires frugal living.

Frugal living – Unfolding the cryptic message

Most people believe that making money is the only important thing in life. If you have enough money, you can go on to manage anything and everything, they think. Ironically though, making money is not the end all and be all of your life. You need to understand its importance but you also need to realize that you cannot make money throughout your entire life. Therefore, it is important to save. However, with the present market conditions it is almost impossible to save if you do not live a disciplined life. Frugal living is about your financial wisdom and intelligence; it’s the smart and disciplined approach to living.

Frugal living benefits you by offering you salvation from debt. If you follow the right strategies and keep your expenses at the proper level, you will be able to save more than what you have been saving so far in your life. Here are some ideas. You can save more if you start:

  1. Having happy meals at home – Irrespective of where you are — at home or office or hostel — brown bagging lunch can help you save lots of money over time. This is not only less expensive, but can also help you save on healthcare related costs. Frequent eating out can lead to unwanted health issues. Falling ill costs you lot. So, start having meals at home, rather than dining out. It feels good to cook up new recipes and share them with family members and friends. These “happy meals” also serve as a huge boost for your health.
  1. Using utilities responsibly – It is expected that as an adult, you will learn how to use the utilities wisely. It can help you save lots of dollars. So, if you have the habit of forgetting to switch off the A/C or the lights when leaving a room, start doing the right thing. If that seems impossible, install a power strip than turns off electronic items attached to it when not in use. Keep heating and cooling systems set to a moderate level. Opt for basic programming packages where you can get a phone connection, cable connection and net connection from the same service provider.
  1. Making wise use of your vehicle – Rather than always using your own car, join or form a carpool for going to work. If you think that your office, college or the mall is at a manageable distance, walk rather than drive.

Learn how to live better for less. Come to terms with using secondhand items (whenever safe), avoid making impulse buys, and avoid using the credit cards as much as possible. Follow these rules and it will be possible to lower your expenses, lower your debt levels and increase your savings.

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About the author: Benjamin Beckwith is a financial writer and a blogger. He has profound knowledge on the different financial issues that are plaguing the current economy and he also offers practical solutions through his articles. He contributes his valuable posts to different financial communities, blogs and websites. He is the authorized writer of Debt Consolidation Care, a community which helps people eradicate debt out of their lives and also helps people know the facts about financial issues. To learn more visit https://twitter.com/debtcc.

Watch Unlimited Free DVDs and Free Movies

Watch movies freeWe’ve discussed how to get free local HD television using an antenna. Something like 80 percent of the most popular programming is broadcast by your local network television stations, so if you make this one simple change, it should give you free access to most of your favorite shows.

To make up for the last 20 percent or to help satisfy TV viewers who don’t enjoy the standard network shows very much, there are more ways to get movies for free into your home, so let’s see how you can get free DVDs.

You’ve probably seen those Redbox video rental machines popping up all around town. They seem like a good idea. They don’t offer free movies, but charging $1.20 for a regular DVD doesn’t seem so bad, does it?

However, if there’s one lesson we all need to learn, it’s that a few dollars here and a few dollars there all add up. It’s like having a slow air leak in one of your car tires. On any given day you don’t notice any difference, but by the end of the month your tire is flat, or in the case of your household budget, you’re flat broke.

Try the public library. My wife and I are currently going through a British mystery series called “Midsomer Murders.” We enjoy those kinds of programs. But, I’m certain that if you took a few minutes to browse the collection at your nearest public library branch, you’ll find dozens of shows you’d love to see.

When I go over to my library website and click my way to the page about movies, I find several lists—and they’re all loaded with great free DVDs I can watch. One of the lists features Academy Awarding winning movies. As I’m writing this, we’re in the middle of what they call “Oscar Season” so this looks pretty interesting. They have no fewer than 82 Academy Award winning films.

At my local library, free videos and free DVDs are checked out for seven days and can be renewed once, so you can have your movies free for two weeks. How much would that cost you if you were using RedBox?

And hey, while you’re at the library, I hear they have lots of good books. Why not check those out too? (Pun intended.)

Get Free 1080p HDTV Now

How about free 1080p HDTV 24-7? All you need is an antenna to pick up your local broadcast channels.

As so many of us have migrated to cable and satellite TV, and the government made local channels turn off their old analog signals, we’ve forgotten that our local channels are still broadcasting their programming. It’s free for the taking, as long you have an antenna.

Further, in many of our country’s larger television markets, some of the channels broadcast non-HD programming alongside their HD programs. It’s like multiple channels, and the cable providers don’t put this extra programming in their offerings.

How far you live away from your local broadcasters’ transmitter will determine what size antenna you need. Go to www.antennaweb.org and plug in your address. There’s a color code rating system for antennas. This website will tell you want kind of antenna you need to pull in the various television stations in your area. If you live near a transmitter, you might get by with an indoor antenna.

With this information in hand you can shop at a local electronics store or with an online retailer. If you’re lucky enough to have a local store that has experienced employees you might find out which antennas have been successful with their customers. Online retailers like Amazon.com will have customer reviews you can scan.

This strategy, combined with online TV watching and hitting up your library for DVDs, can dramatically reduce your monthly overhead.