Think small-change money-saving maneuvers don’t add up? Well, they do. Here are easy, barely-notice-them strategies that will net you thousands—that’s right, thousands—of extra dollars this year alone.

Stephen Lewis  

Want to save $5,000 (or more) this year? You can do it. What’s more, cutting the—ahem—pork will be relatively painless. Here’s how it works.

Throughout these stories, you’ll find smart, unexpected strategies for saving. We’ll even tell you exactly how much an average family of four would save by using each tip.* Some of these ideas will require a time investment, and not all will apply to your life, but you’ll really cash in on the ones that do. Incorporate some of these monthly bill-shaving strategies and watch the savings stack up even higher.

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* When possible, we based these amounts on consumer-spending data. In other cases, we researched average retail prices and made reasonable assumptions about how much a family would spend on that product in a year. Your specific savings totals will vary.