Duh! 7 Obvious Money-Saving Tips People Often Forget

There are many "no-brainer" ways to save, but that doesn't stop us from overlooking them. Here are seven easy ways to build a nest egg.

2. Lighten up on the utilities

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I’m a child of the ’70s and distinctly remember the first energy crisis. It seemed like overnight the country developed an energy conscience and began trying to conserve energy.

I still watch the utilities closely today — turning off lights when I leave a room, using dimmer switches and keeping the thermostat set at reasonable temperatures as the seasons change.

You can do it too. One very simple way to start is to install energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. Keeping utility costs in check saves money and reduces our carbon footprint at the same time.

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