Cut down on your household expenses and put your savings to better use with these tips:

  • The small stuff adds up. Turn the lights off when you leave a room, and skip the daily coffee run, trip to the vending machine and lottery ticket booth.
  • Make a shopping list before you go to the grocery store and stick to it. You'll buy what you truly need and eliminate unnecessary purchases.
  • Utility costs. Set your programmable thermostat so that it automatically cools down your house when you're asleep or out of the house.
  • Invest in ceiling fans to circulate air more efficiently and help reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Buy energy efficient light bulbs and turn off your computer/laptop, television when you're not using them.
  • Vacuum the dust off the coils in your refrigerator to improve the efficiency of one of the larger consumers of energy in your household.
  • The dryer is the other big energy-sucking appliance in your house. When you can, hang your clothes to dry in the laundry room and use the dryer sparingly.
  • Switch to a low-flow showerhead, repair leaky faucets and toilets and cut down on watering your lawn.
  • Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120 Fahrenheit.
  • Borrow movies from the library, or watch shows online.
  • Same goes with telephone charges for your landline or your cellphone. Reassess your use every year and see if there's a cheaper plan that fits your needs.

These are just some of the ways to save. Have any additional tips to share?

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  Marion had completed a number of sales in our community -- and she had worked very hard to have a professional and supportive presence there. When we first contacted Marion, we were a long time away from wanting to/being able to take action. She worked with us throughout this period and provided very helpful market research. along with specific information about prospective properties for us once we were ready to sell. The production of sales material on our home was creative and impressive. She was able to capture its special features, and showcased beautifully the expansiveness of the property. We enjoyed working with Marion. She was patient and supportive and understood that the second half of our initiative (the purchase) was just as important as the first. Thank you, Marion.

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