How to Save $16K a Year

Magazine profiles a woman who made her grill purchase pay off.

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Check out this Redbook profile of Christina Ksoll, 42, who cut her annual spending by $16,000. How did she do it? Partly by buying a grill and inviting friends over a few times a week instead of eating out. She estimates that change alone saves $5,000 a year. Her other techniques include:

• Spending less on clothes by shopping on sites like Overstock.com and SmartBargains.com, and then getting the clothes adjusted by a tailor so they look good.

• Going to restaurants that accept coupons.

• Keeping a pack of soups at work so she can eat that when she doesn't have a lunch meeting.

• Bulk-buying paper products. If it's too much to keep around, she donates the extra to an animal shelter and still saves money.