10 Minutes to Save $687 and up!

Everyone wants to save money, but not everyone wants to break a sweat or face the crowds to do it. You’re never going to find me setting my alarm for the crack of dawn on Black Friday, or risking carpal tunnel clipping coupons. But save money online--I can do that. Here’s how:

by Samantha Lear
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Before you pull up at the first gas pump, do your research. On Gasbuddy.com, enter your zip code and find out gas prices per station in your area. Keep an eye out for stations with loyalty programs, as many will offer discounts by the gallon, says Singer Gordon. If I choose the station with a price per gallon that’s 10 cents cheaper, I could save around $1.50 per each fill-up.

POSSIBLE SAVINGS: $72/year

8. Don’t rush to the dealer

If your car is in need of a tune-up, sometimes skipping the dealer for the smaller, local mechanic can save a lot of cash. Check reviews on sites like Yelp.com and AngiesList.com to find independent repair shops to do the same job at a lower cost, says Singer Gordon. You can save an average of $300 a year on work not covered by your warrantee by avoiding dealerships in favor of independents, according to a study by AutoMD.

POSSIBLE SAVINGS: $300/year

 

Related: 4 Tech-Smart Ways to Save on Shopping

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First Published April 12, 2011

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05.03.2011

There are lots of good ideas here. For more money-saving tips to help you through the great recession, check out the Top Tightwad Tips website at http://toptightwadtips.blogspot.com/

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