If your disposable income always shrinks to a few lonely dollars before your next paycheck arrives, discovering a few painless ways to save money could make a big difference in your quality of life. This quiz will get you started.
What's the first thing you should change when you decide to boost your savings power?
How much does it cost to install a programmable thermostat?
more than $800
How much can you save on energy costs by adjusting your thermostat?
not enough to matter
1 percent for each degree
5 percent for each degree
If climate and proximity allow, what's a great way to shave hundreds of dollars off your commuting costs?
map the most direct route
pack a brown bag lunch
ride a bicycle or walk to work
Why is it a good idea to shop for auto insurance annually?
You'll keep your insurance agent on her toes.
You can find the cheapest rate.
You will be eligible for a safe-driving course.
If you spend $100 a month on your favorite form of latte, how much savings could you build by instead investing that money at 10 percent interest every month for five years?
What is a surefire way to build savings into your workday?
pack a lunch
arrive 10 minutes early
Dry cleaning can really add up over time, but do you know the potential health risks?
You encouter dangerous traffic on the way to the dry cleaner.
The only risk is to your wallet.
Some dry cleaning chemicals may be carcinogenic.
Can some clothes labeled "dry clean" be washed at home?
only if you remove the label with fabric care instructions
How much does a typical meal cost in a fast casual restaurant?
$5 to $7
$8 to $15
$16 to $21
What is one of the most cost-efficient food ingredients to grow in your own kitchen?
What is one painless way to add to your savings account?
eat two, not three, meals a day
work a second job
make automatic contributions to a savings account
How much could you save at the grocery store by purchasing generic or store-brand items instead of brand-name items?
Most grocery stores offer a price-per-ounce comparison for a variety of items. Where is this information usually located?
on a display near customer service
in the employee break room
on a tag affixed to the store shelf
Which appliance commonly found in homes uses the most electricity per year?
Researchers found that mice that exercised regularly experienced what benefits?
made friends more easily
decreased their appetites
reduced or eliminated the effects of aging
How much could the average person save on annual health care costs if he or she exercised on a regular basis?
How can acting as a tourist in your own town save you money?
You'll spend less, but do more.
Tourists follow a budget.
You can dine out for every meal.
What is one way that music lovers can save money on live performances?
stay home and listen to a CD
buy extra tickets and scalp them
attend free community concerts
If your cable box/DVD is an older model that uses scads of electricity, how can you save money and avoid the cost of replacing it?