Illinois Bankruptcy Lawyers Find Ways to Save Money and Stop Spending Leaks

Parking tickets are on the rise in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. But that's not the shocking part of the story. What's surprising is that even though three-quarters of contested tickets get dismissed - and many of those tickets are proven to be errors - some people are still forking over ticket fees without so much as a fight.

In today's economy, we can't afford to be lazy. But I see it happening again and again. People sign up for Netflix, but forget to watch the movies. Or they pay for the gym, but don't make the time to go. Just this week, a few of my friends agreed that they were above clipping coupons and looking for sales. It wasn't worth their time to save a dollar here or there, they said. They'd rather just pay full price.

I agree that discounts aren't worth the money if they encourage you to buy things you don't need. But why turn down savings on the stuff you do need, like milk, cereal or toilet paper? That's turning down free money, in my opinion. And right now, most of us need all the money we can get.

Being vigilant about where your cash is going might seem like a lot of work, but the results will pay off. Imagine if you didn't have to pay that $50 parking ticket you got last month. Or if you saved $10 a week on groceries, thanks to coupons. Or canceled a $20 subscription you don't use. Just a few small changes could add up to hundreds - even thousands - of extra dollars in your wallet this year.

Still not sure? Check out our Give Yourself a Raise flyer in the free DebtStoppers Financial Toolkit. If you've ever pondered how much you'd save if you cut out your coffee habit, we've done the math for you! And if you're worried that a few bucks here or there won't be enough to make a dent in your debt, don't despair- at DebtStoppers, we can find a debt relief plan that's right for you. Why not talk to one of our attorneys in Chicago or Atlanta? All you have to do is sign up for our free personal debt analysis. You work hard to earn your paycheck - why let it slip away?

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