Stop Paying for These 33 Things Now
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Stop Paying for These 37 Things to Save Money Now

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Stop Paying for These 33 Things Now
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Erroneous Charges
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Erroneous Charges

Be sure to check the receipt after each purchase. Reviewing it may reveal items that were inadvertently scanned twice, savings or coupons that weren't credited, or prices that are just plain wrong. Erroneous overcharges happen routinely and can quickly add up, so it pays to review the receipt — especially before you leave the store or the parking lot.

Sales Tax
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Sales Tax

While avoiding sales tax all the time is impossible, there are times when you can shop tax-free. Many states offer tax holidays at least once a year.

Pest Control
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Pest Control

Infested with dreaded stinkbugs, spiders, or ants? Save money by forgoing commercial pest control and combatting the bugs using natural remedies. The results can be cheaper, less toxic, and just as effective.

Yard Work
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Warehouse Club Membership Fees
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Warehouse Club Membership Fees

Warehouse club membership has its perks, but you don't have to join to buy everything sold by Costco and Sam's Club. For one thing, anyone can shop online without being a member (although a nonmember surcharge may apply), the pharmacies are open to non-members, and in many states alcohol can be purchased without paying the membership fee.

Cell Phone Insurance
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Cell Phone Insurance

These policies may seem a good idea (and fairly inexpensive), but chances are you'll never use the insurance — and if you do, a hefty deductible may apply. If paying for cell phone insurance makes you feel more secure, shop around and get the right package — one that covers accidental damage, including from water. Otherwise, this is a cell phone expense you can avoid.  

Things You Don't Use
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Things You Don't Use

We're all guilty of this one: making a purchase and never using the product or service. There are probably several things you can stop buying right now, such as a monthly subscription box of neckties or beauty supplies, specialty kitchen tools, and so on.

Bank Fees
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Bank Fees

A checking account should be free of fees. If it isn't, stash your money elsewhere. ATM fees are also completely avoidable — just use your bank's ATM or go to the bank and work with a teller free of charge.

PayPal Fees
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PayPal Fees

PayPal users can avoid fees by requesting money through the "Friends and Family" feature — meaning no fees are attached. Beware, however, that small businesses found using the feature for commercial purposes may have their accounts suspended. Better to download a free app, such as Venmo, to request and send money without fees.

Unplug All Unnecessary Electronics
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Computer Software
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Computer Software

Many software programs cost a pretty penny, but often there are open-source alternatives. Before buying, search online for free software. You'll be surprised by what's out there at no cost.

Bottled Water
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Bottled Water

Is there a bigger waste of money than paying for bottled water? Consumers spend about 800 times more for bottled water than plain old tap water. And if you don't like the taste of tap water, buy a filter — it's still cheaper than plastic bottles.

Baby Food
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Baby Food

Baby food is simple to make, and many gadgets designed specifically for the task are a waste. Just boil or steam whatever produce is in the fridge and blend or mash it up. Making homemade baby food is easy and far cheaper than commercial baby food — and you know exactly what's in it.

Morning Lattes
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Morning Lattes

Eliminating a daily stop at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts is an easy way to pocket a Hamilton or two each week. Skip the drive-thru on the way to work by buying a durable commuter mug and brewing your own cup of joe at home before heading out the door each day.

Extended Warranties
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Extended Warranties

Experts agree that extended warranties typically aren't worth the additional cost. Consumer Reports notes that products such as appliances rarely break down within the extended warranty period. There are, however, some folks who should buy them.

A Landline
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A Landline

If you have a cellphone, do you really need a landline, too? Most mobile plans cover long-distance calling and offer unlimited minutes. And eliminating a dedicated fax line is a no-brainer. These days, it's easy to scan documents and email them, or send them to a fax machine over the internet using a free service such as FaxZero.

Apps
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Apps

Many popular apps offer a free version that's funded by advertising. But in addition to ads, users often are subjected to offers for in-app purchases, especially in games. Resist the urge to unlock that extra feature. It's useless the moment you move on to the next trendy game.

Print Newspapers and Books
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Print Newspapers and Books

Many free apps let users read the paper on a tablet or smartphone at no charge. Countless ebooks are also free — and eco-friendly. Although others cost money, the price is typically less than the cost of a paperback. For readers who prefer paper, the local library is the place to seek out information and entertainment.

Shipping
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Shipping

Sometimes there's no choice but to pay those dreaded shipping fees, but many ecommerce vendors offer free shipping, typically with a minimum purchase. For details, check out FreeShipping.org and search online for codes. If you still can't snag a free shipping deal, weigh whether you can save a few bucks — and get the product sooner — by buying from a bricks-and-mortar store.

Streaming Services
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Cable TV

Cable TV is a luxury, and cutting the cord promises to dramatically reduce monthly spending. If you can't live without TV, get your fix for less through apps or streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and others.

Netflix
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Streaming Services

After quitting cable, it's easy to turn around and spend that money on streaming services. Avoid racking up the equivalent of a cable bill by taking advantage of free channels.

Cleaning Supplies
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Cleaning Supplies

Most people probably already own everything they need to get a nice clean home. Instead of buying expensive cleaning supplies, use everyday household items such as white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon, and old cloths to make effective DIY cleaning supplies for free.

Gym
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Gym

Working out at home is an easy way to stay in shape and ditch the gym, along with the hefty monthly membership fee. For ideas, check out Cheapism's guide to calorie-torching outdoor workouts.

Luggage Fees
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Luggage Fees

Skip the hefty baggage fees at the airport and fly with an airline that allots free checked luggage or learn to pack light and bring only a carry-on. Tips include rolling clothes instead of folding and choosing soft-sided luggage that can be squeezed into a baggage sizer or overhead bin.

Best for Active Lifestyles: Chicago
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Gas

Instead of shelling out tons of cash for gas every month, look for alternative and free (or cheap) means of transportation. Depending on location, public transportation may be a viable option, and in warmer months, commuters can ride a bike to work — either their own or one rented (for cheap) from a city bike-share program. Or, find a co-worker who lives in your neck of the woods and carpool to and from the office.

Fast Food
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Fast Food

Skip the drive-thru at lunchtime. Making and taking your own food is almost always cheaper — not to mention healthier — than spending money to eat out.

Fresh Vegetables
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Fresh Vegetables

Instead of paying supermarket prices, which cover all the logistics of getting fresh vegetables to the shelves, buy some cheap packs of seeds and start a garden, or use a starter kit. Growing your own takes more time, but the bounty could save you a bundle at the grocery store.

Brand Names
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Brand Names

Yes, you may like your designer yoga pants or worry no-name potato chips won't taste as wonderful, but it's worth it to compare generic and brand-name products. While some don't measure up, you might be surprised by those that do, ranging from seasoning to sunscreen.

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Fabric Softener

Skip the fabric softener as well as the dryer sheets. Reusable dryer balls ($9 on Amazon) are better for the environment and save money, and even vinegar (with some essential oil) makes fabric softer for less. Want to save even more? Try drying your clothes on a line outside. 

Disposable Razors
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Disposable Razors

Plastic razors are not only quickly dulled, but add to the landfill. Get a quality razor and buy the blades alone for less. 

Pre-Sliced Food
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Pre-Sliced Food

While your slice of cheese will be the perfect thickness, that convenience costs extra. Buy a block of cheese or meat and slice it yourself.

Greeting Cards
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Greeting Cards

Some of them are beautiful, others offer a laugh — but almost all of them end up in the trash, quickly forgotten. Even when you spend time picking one out, it's not the most personal or thoughtful gift. Send an e-card instead, many of which are free, or better yet make a card yourself. 

Paper Towels
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Paper Towels

To make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are used. Save some money and save the earth by getting some washable dish towels to do the job instead. 

Exercise Gadgets
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Exercise Gadgets

Dropping the gym membership is a great idea, but don't waste the savings buying a pricey treadmill or other equipment that may end up gathering dust in a corner. Consider a free bodyweight exercise regimen or jogging — if the fitness bug bites, you can consider other investments.

Convenience Foods
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Convenience Foods

While a frozen pizza or a heat-and-eat meal will get dinner on the table when you're overwhelmed, making a list of quick and easy recipes you can whip up in the same length of time is not only doable, it will save your family from eating processed foods. Consider making some big-batch meals so you always have something on hand and only have to cook once. 

Brand-Name Prescriptions
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Brand-Name Prescriptions

Before you get an expensive prescription filled, especially if your insurance won't pay the full amount, talk to your doctor about generic options. While your doctor may have a reason to opt for one medication over another, often the generic version is interchangeable with its pricey counterpart, so don't be afraid to ask. 

Storage
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Storage

While a storage space can make sense when you're in the process of moving, renting a space monthly suggests you need to declutter. Even a 5x5 unit can be $50 or more a month. Consider how quickly what you're paying will equal the value of what you're storing, and you may be motivated to take a weekend to throw a yard sale, take some old items to Goodwill, or post a listing on eBay or other online sales sites like 5Mile, OfferUp, VarageSale, or Craigslist.