Living on Less: Tips to Cut Costs

By Beacon Staff

This isn’t exactly local, but it’s interesting. In this interactive feature, the New York Times asked people to share “survival strategies” for getting by in an economic recession. The result: Nearly 1,500 creative (or just plain funny) ways to live on less.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

We are swapping Saturday nights and babysitting for friends. In our area, that saves about $45 – 75.
— Tracy, New Jersey

Instead of going shopping, I am hosting seasonal clothing swaps. I provide snacks, guests provide beverages. We all bring clothes.
— Kelly, Long Island City

Enjoy things you can do, and forget the others.
— Maria Teresa Quirke Arrau, Chile, South America

What are your best tips for cutting costs?