Great Ways to Save

“Can running shoes save you money?  Yes – and we have six more ideas to help you save.”

Let’s begin with the answer to the above question.  As the article points out, buying running shoes can save you money because running reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, lowers blood pressure, and can help prevent other health problems that can cause huge medical bills and even loss of employment or your life.

The above is just one of the suggestions in this article that describes ways to increase savings and provide additional money for investments by taking simple steps that you can make in your everyday life.  Additional suggestions (and the reasons behind the suggestions) include maxing out your savings, saving spare change, choice of gasoline for your car, getting the best value when choosing a hotel, encouraging your kids to save, and bundling communication bills.

For more information go to http://money.cnn.com/2005/06/02/pf/smartest_saving_0507/index.htm

Teaching Suggestions

You may want to use the information in this blog post and the original article to

  • Stress the fact that savings can be easier than you think by taking advantage of everyday opportunities to increase the amount of money you save and invest.
  • Use the example in the article about how increasing the amount of money contributed to your 401(k) retirement account can significantly increase the amount available when you retire.
  • Note: This article is just one of a series of articles in the Money series “50 Smartest Things to Do With Your Money.”  You may want to (or have your students) visit this web site for other articles on money management.

Discussion Questions

  1. Some people say that saving small amounts of money doesn’t really help accomplish their long-term financial goals. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. How can one of the suggestions in this article help you increase the amount you save or invest?
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