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38 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY
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38 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY

CONSUMER COST SAVING TIPS WORTH KNOWING

QUESTION:
Would you like to learn some new ways to save money?

 Study this newsletter, and take advantage of the many cost saving tips.

Home Purchase:   

  1. You can often negotiate a lower sale price by employing a buyer broker who works for you, not the seller. If the buyer broker or the broker's firm also lists properties, there may be a conflict of interest, so ask them if they are showing you a property that they have listed.
  2. You may save repair costs by having the home examined by a home inspector before finalizing the contract.

Home Improvement:   

  1. Home repairs often cost thousands of dollars and are the subject of frequent complaints. Select from among several well-established, licensed contractors who have submitted written, fixed-price bids for the work.
  2. Do not sign any contract that requires full payment before satisfactory completion of the work.

Home Equity Loans:   

  1. Be cautious in taking out home equity loans. These loans reduce the equity that you have built up in your home. If you are unable to make payments, you could lose your home.
  2. Compare home equity loans offered by at least four banking institutions. In comparing these loans, consider the annual percentage rate, points, closing costs, other fees, and the index for any variable rate changes.

Home Refinancing Loans:   

  1. Consider refinancing your mortgage if you can get a rate that is at least one percentage point lower than your existing mortgage rate and plan to keep the new mortgage for several years or more. Ask an accountant to calculate precisely how much your new mortgage (including up-front fees) will cost and whether, in the end, it will cost less than your current mortgage.

First Mortgage Loans:   
  1. Although your monthly payment may be higher, you can save tens of thousands of dollars in interest charges by shopping for the shortest-term mortgage you can afford. On a $100,000 fixed-rate loan at 8% annual percentage rate (APR), for example, you will pay $90,000 less interest using a 15-year mortgage than on a 30-year mortgage.

  2. You can save thousands of dollars in interest charges by shopping for the lowest-rate mortgage with the fewest points. On a 15-year, $100,000 fixed-rate mortgage, just lowering the APR from 8.5% to 8.0% can save you more than $5,000 in interest charges. On this mortgage, paying two points instead of three would save you an additional $1,000.
  3. If your local newspaper does not periodically run mortgage rate surveys, call at least six lenders for information about their rates (APRs), points, and fees. Then ask an accountant to compute precisely how much each mortgage option will cost and its tax implications.
  4. Be aware that the interest rate on most adjustable rate mortgage loans (ARM) can vary a great deal over the lifetime of the mortgage. An increase of several percentage points might raise payments by hundreds of dollars per month.

Life Insurance:   

  1. If you want insurance protection only, and not a savings and investment product, buy a term life insurance policy.
  2. If you want to buy a whole life, universal life, or other cash value policy, plan to hold it for at least 15 years. Canceling these policies after only a few years can more than double your life insurance costs.
  3. Check your public library for information about the financial soundness of insurance companies and the prices they charge.

Homeowner and Renter Insurance:   

  1. You can save several hundred dollars a year on homeowner insurance and up to $50 a year on renter insurance by purchasing insurance from a low-price, licensed insurer. Ask your state insurance department for a publication showing typical prices charged by different licensed companies. Then call at least four of the lowest priced insurers to learn what they would charge you. If such a publication is not available, it is even more important to call at least four insurers for price quotes.
  2. Make certain you purchase enough coverage to replace the house and its contents. "Replacement" on the house means rebuilding to its current condition.
  3. Make certain your new policy is in effect before dropping your old one.

Auto Insurance:   

  1. You can save several hundred dollars a year by purchasing auto insurance from a licensed, low-price insurer. Call your state insurance department for a publication showing typical prices charged by different companies. Then call at least four of the lowest-priced, licensed insurers to learn what they would charge you for the same coverage.
  2. Talk to your agent or insurer about raising your deductibles on collision and comprehensive coverage’s to at least $500 or, if you have an old car, dropping these coverage’s altogether. Taking these steps can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
  3. Make certain that your new policy is in effect before dropping your old one.

Car Repairs:   

  1. Consumers lose billions of dollars each year on unneeded or poorly done car repairs. The most important step that you can take to save money on these repairs is to find a skilled, honest mechanic. Before you need repairs, look for a mechanic who:
  • Has certified and well established;
  • Has done good work for someone you know.
  • Has completely explained the repair options and costs.

Gasoline:   

  1. You can save hundreds of dollars a year by comparing prices at different stations, pumping gas yourself, and using the lowest-octane called for in your owner's manual.
  2. You can save up to $100 a year on gas by keeping your engine tuned and your tires inflated to their proper pressure.

Auto Leasing:   

  1. Don't decide to lease a car just because the payments are lower than on a traditional auto loan. The leasing payments may be lower because you don't own the car at the end of the lease.
  2. Leasing a car is very complicated. When shopping, consider the price of the car (known as the capitalized cost), your trade-in allowance, any down payment, monthly payments, various fees (excess mileage, excess "wear and tear," end-of- lease), and the cost of buying the car at the end of the lease.

Used Cars:   

  1. Compare the seller's asking price with the average retail price in a "bluebook" or other guide to car prices found at many libraries, banks, and credit unions.
  2. Having selected a model, you can save hundreds of dollars by comparison shopping. Call at least five dealers for price quotes and let each know that you are calling others.

New Cars:   

  1. You can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a car by selecting a model that combines a low purchase price with low financing, insurance, gasoline, maintenance, and repair costs. Ask your local librarian for new car guides that contain this information.
  2. Having selected a model, you can save hundreds of dollars by comparison shopping. Call at least five dealers for price quotes and let each know that you are calling others.
  3. Remember there is no "cooling off" period on new car sales. Once you have signed a contract, you are obligated to buy the car.

Car Rental:   

  1. Since car rental rates can vary greatly, shop around for the best basic rates. Ask about any additional charges (extra driver, gas, drop-off fees) and special offers.
  2. Rental car companies offer various insurance and waiver options. Check with your automobile insurance agent and credit card company in advance to avoid duplicating any coverage you may already have.

Airline Fares:  

  1. You may lower the price of a round trip air fare by as much as two-thirds by making certain your trip includes a Saturday evening stay over, and by purchasing the ticket in advance.
  2. To make certain you have a cheap fare, even if you use a travel agent, contact all the airlines that fly where you want to go and ask what the lowest fare to your destination is.
  3. Be flexible, if possible. Consider using low fare carriers or alternative airports and keep an eye out for fare wars.



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