Green is “Mean”

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Wow! That trip to the celebration of St. Paddy’s Day in Dublin really spins your shamrock. You’d love to treat yourself. Unfortunately, funds are low. So how can you pay for a plane ticket without taking on debt?

Start thinking fast and green. Here are four short-term, one-time savings measures.

  • Sort, count and roll the nickels, dimes and quarters you’ve tossed into that jar.
  • Empty your closets and garage and hold a yard sale.
  • E-file your tax return and have the refund deposited directly into your account.
  • Plan a “no grocery” week. Instead of going to the store, prepare and eat whatever’s in the cupboard, refrigerator and freezer.

Longer term measures for saving the green can help prevent short-term scrambling. Here are four ways to save for next year’s vacation.

  • Curb impulse buying. Consider every purchase three times before you lay out the money.
  • When you’re sure you want an item, watch for sales and haunt the thrift shops.
  • Clip coupons. Then use them.
  • Take your lunch to work a couple of times each week.

Being aware of how you spend your money can keep the green in your life. In today’s jargon, green is “mean”—that is, it’s a great color, not only on St. Paddy’s Day, but all year long.

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