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JACKSONVILLE - He's a self-described cheapskate and penny-pincher and is proud of it.  He's Clark Howard, the national radio and TV show host who dispenses advice on how to live more frugally.  Howard recently came out with a new book called "Living Large in Lean Times." He lists 250 ways you can buy smarter, spend smarter and save money.

Here are five tips that you might find interesting and maybe a bit unusual.

SPEND MORE MONEY ON SUNDAY

Using coupons is all the rage these days. And despite a ton of online coupons, there are still valuable coupons in your Sunday paper. Clark says on Sunday buy three copies of your newspaper. That way you get more sets of the coupons inside.

USE YOUR HOSPITAL'S GYM

Gym memberships can be expensive. Instead of shelling out monthly dues, cancel you gym membership and see whether your local hospital will let you use their rehab and fitness facilities.

FREE HOME PHONE SERVICE

Want free home phone service for life? Clark recommends the Ooma. It's a gizmo into which you plug your Internet cable and your phone.No more paying for local or long distance calls. You can get it at Costco for $179 according to the book.

EXTEND THE LIFE OF INK CARTRIDGES

Ink Jet printers really don't cost much for what they do. It's replacing the ink cartridges that will put a dent in your wallet. One Clark tip is that when your printer sends you a message that it's almost out of ink, remove the cartridge and shake it. You may be able to get a few more weeks of printing.

GET MORE SHAVES FROM YOUR RAZOR

And finally, just like ink cartridges, razor blades can cost a bundle too. Moisture wears down a blade. Clark says he used a 17-cent disposable razor every day for a year simply by blow drying the blades or wiping them carefully with a towell.

Another Clark Smart Tip: If you're going to buy something off the internet stick to sellers that have multiple positive ratings. Clark says, "You can use Epinions.com to vet out potential vendors. Or use a search engine... and enter the vendor's name plus the words 'rip-off' or 'scam' to see what kind of gripes are out there in cyberspace."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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