Another year is coming to an end, presenting a chance to reflect on what we learned during the past 12 months. From electricity costs to credit cards, we've covered it all on Cheapism.com. Continue on to see 50 of the best money-saving, reward-earning, and frugal-living tips from 2014.
50 Best Money-Saving Tips of the Year
4. When should you negotiate? More often than you might expect. With market information in hand, go straight to the manager at a rental car agency or hotel and try to wrangle a deal. Even if the price doesn't budge, try getting more value for your dollar with an upgraded car or room, neither of which costs the company any extra.
20. Avoid purchasing items that (let's be honest) you probably won't use more than once, such as formalwear (rent instead), specialty kitchen appliances (they lose their novelty quickly), power tools (rent from home improvement stores or borrow from local lending sources), and items you're buying only because they're deeply discounted.
36. These days many retailers manage to compete with Walmart on price, especially online, but Cheapism.com identified 10 types of merchandise that are still cheapest at Walmart: school supplies, air conditioners, brand-name groceries, baby products, razors, cleaning supplies, feminine products, contact lens solution, sunscreen, and laundry detergent.
39. Small business owners looking to attend conferences can save money or even go for free by volunteering, speaking, or being a sponsor. Book early and split the cost of transportation or accommodations with other attendees. If the conference price is still out of reach, try to attend the after-parties and networking events -- often the most valuable part.
41. Forget about spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a wedding cake. Ask skilled friends or family members to bake the cake(s) as a wedding present. Only one small cake needs to be gussied up for presentation -- the rest can be decorated simply and held in the back before being served to guests.