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Saving Money on Life's Essentials

There are some things you just can't live without. But there are ways to pay
less for your essentials.

First, if you're grumbling about your sky-high cell phone or credit card bills,
check out billshrink.com.

This free Web site lets you enter in some information about your usage and
compares it against other offerings in the market.

You'll get a personalized list of what other cell phone plans or credit cards
would fit your needs and an estimate of how much you would save annually by
switching.

Health care is another huge expense. Here's where to go for lower-cost
services.

Check out "free federal clinics" at ask.hrsa.gov if you don't have health
insurance. You can get immunizations, checkups, dental care and prescription
drugs.

Find out what free clinics and other free care is available in your area at the
Association of Medical Colleges at aamc.org/uninsured.

If it's just medicine you need, you'll want to check out some programs intended
to cut the cost of prescription drugs. Those Web sites:
freemedicineprogram.org and rxassist.org.

Finally, cut your auto insurance costs by keeping your credit score as high as
possible. It's the basis for the rate you pay on car insurance. If it's home
insurance you want to lower, consider raising your deductible.

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