How to save More 💰 in 2017 than You Did in 2016 💸 ...

I don't know about you, but I feel like I could have saved a little (okay, a lot) more this year than I did. So I chatted up an money manager friend (that's her actual job), and she gave me some advice on how I could save more in 2017, without drastically changing my lifestyle.

1. Turn off the TV

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Do you actually ever watch TV? Or do you tend to just grab your tablet and stream Netflix (and chill)? If so, cancel your cable subscription and save more than $100 a month... that's at least $1,200 a year you could save!

2. The Meal Deal

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Rather than eating out every night, and every lunch, alternate each day. One day, eat lunch out, but eat dinner in. The next day, brown-bag your lunch, but order takeout or dine out.

3. Sell Your Stuff

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When you spring clean this year, get rid of everything you didn't wear or use in 2016. Make two piles: the stuff to donate to charity, and the stuff to sell, on eBay, Etsy, or craigslist.

4. Shop Thrifty

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If you haven't ever shopped in a thrift store, give it a go in 2017! Make a list of a few items you know you need - white blouse, pin-stripe pants, blue cardi - then try to find them at the thrift store before you head to the mall.

5. Become a Brewmaster

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I'm not talking beer! I mean coffee. Brewing your own coffee at home is a lot less expensive than your daily Starbucks, and you stand to save at least $20 a week... times 52 weeks... that's more than a thousand dollars a year!

6. Try the Store Brand

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There are some things you just can't skimp on (mascara and tea, for two), but other things are just as good generic or off-brand as they are a pricier label. Try the store brand at the grocery store and the drugstore, and you could really save!

7. Keep the Change

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No, really. Rather than just leaving your small change behind as a tip, or adding it to those "need one, take one" jars, save your pennies (and nickels and dimes). It adds up fast! In 2016, I saved more than $900 in small change alone (not including quarters).

8. Buy the Food You'll Actually Eat

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I hate thinking about how much fresh food, especially produce, I throw away because it spoils before I can eat it. I meant well when I bought those bananas, I swear! Only but the groceries you know you'll eat - and I promise that rather than buying that big bunch of bananas, I'll only buy two.

9. But Buy in Bulk

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When you can, though, try buying in bulk. For instance, you know you'll use all those rolls of tissue paper, so why not save a little cash by buying 56 rolls at once, rather than 12?

None of these ways to save will make you feel the pinch, but together, they can make a huge difference! How do you plan to save in 2017?

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