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Challenge Yourself to be $1,000 Richer by Labor Day

Summer is the time to shed the winter blahs and enjoy the simpler things in life. It also presents a great opportunity to develop healthy new habits when it comes to your finances. Challenge yourself to save $1,000 by the end of this summer using some of the tips below. (HINT:’s free Goals tool is an easy way to motivate yourself and track your progress and the Trends tab makes it easy to see where your money goes, while the Ways to Save feature automatically searches for other areas where you can economize).

Upgrade Your Home’s Efficiency

As temperatures rise, it’s easy to start dialing up the air conditioners and fans. But, it doesn’t take much to make those monthly energy bills increase. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) about half of the energy used in homes goes toward heating and cooling.

Run fans in place of an air conditioner, which requires a lot of energy (and money). Give your dryer the summer off. Invest $5 in a clothesline and dry your laundry for free in the summer rays. …

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