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America Saves: Save on Food and Energy Expenses

Some kinds of expenses are harder to cut that others. Here are ideas for cutting two kinds of expenses can can pay dividends right away.

One household expense where significant savings can often be found is the family food bill. The next time you go food shopping, take a good look at what's in the cart before checking out. Are there expensive snacks or convenience foods that you can do without or make yourself? Are you buying anything that might end up in the garbage because nobody really likes it? Are you comparing the cost of store and manufacturer's brands and taking advantage of coupons and special promotions? For more savings tips, visit:

How energy efficient is your home? Get tips from the U.S. Department of Energy for conducting a DIY home energy assessment at Learn simple tips for evaluating your home for air leaks, insulation, heating/cooling equipment, and lighting. An energy efficient home will save you money on your monthly utility bill.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. Unfortunately, much of that energy is wasted. Find out how to conserve energy and save money with a free energy guide:

Make use of the money you save. Enroll in America Saves and put your food and energy savings to work:

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