5 ways to save money in 2020

#1 Streamline your errands AND #2 check gas prices

Think back on the past week and make a list of all of the trips you took in your car. On Monday, you stopped by the grocery store and the pharmacy. On Tuesday, another trip to pick up the produce you forgot and another drive-through at the bank. Although some weeks are less predictable than others, financial expert and the CEO of EnrichHER Roshawnna Novellus recommends streamlining your errands to one day a week to save money on gas. "The cost of driving to each of these locations separately adds up," she warns. "Make your list early in the week so you don't forget everything, then choose a dedicated day toward the end of the week to run all of your errands."

Another thing to go along with the gas savings...pay attention to how much gas is at the station you're filling up at! The station is a perfect example...on 7th avenue and Bethany Home regular unleaded at Circle K is $2.94 a gallon and right across the street at Chevon its $3.10/gallon. If you have a 20 gallon tank you're paying $3.20 more to fill up just because you didn't cross the street! If you have a Costco membership and went the extra mile to fill up, you'd pay $2.80 a gallon! That's a full $.30 less than Chevron, $6 a fill up! If you fill up once a week, that's $312 a year! For a tiny change!

#3 Make Your Meals Based on Deals

Most households have to balance various palettes, dietary restrictions, picky eaters, budget, and seasonality when prepping meals. One way to challenge your tastebuds and spend less on groceries is to structure your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners around sale items. Most stores will print or email their weekly specials list, and Novellus urges shoppers to, well, actually read it. This way you can base your decisions on discounted produce and meat. Don't forget about the middle of the store: "Stock up on non-perishable items, especially if they're buy one, get one. Having things like peanut butter or olive oil in your pantry pays for itself when you're in a pinch," she says.

#4 Go Line By Line through Auto Payments

When was the last time you checked how many auto payments funnel through your monthly credit card payments? In the digital age when "signing up" is often one click on a mouse or a double-tap on a screen, you may be enrolled in so many of these services or memberships that you can't keep track. That's why financial expert and author Brian Livingston suggests going line-by-line and being honest about what you need and what you can skip. "Examine every statement with one question: Do I really need to pay for this every month? If the answer is 'no' or 'I'm not sure,' contact the service and cancel the recurring payments," he says.

If you're up for some negotiating, Livingston encourages shoppers to put on their deal-making hat and ask for a discount. Cellular-service providers and cable providers are prime candidates. If you already subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go, do you really need traditional TV, too? "Lately cable companies have become more willing to slice and dice their offerings rather than insisting that every channel must be purchased," he explains. "Try reducing your cable service to the lowest basic tier of channels, and see whether you can survive on that much-cheaper service for a month. Then add channels back, if you must, but be aware of the cost per year you're agreeing to."

#5 Visit the library

If you're an avid reader or someone who goes out to the movies often, you could be spending tons of money on entertainment. A library card can kill two cash-sucking expenses in one: You can borrow books (fancy that!) and rent movies for free. As Novellus says, libraries are often a resource of community information, too. They'll post flyers and calendars about free days at museums, concerts, events, and festivals to fill your weekend with inexpensive adventures.

For more information on the January issue of Better Home and Gardens article on saving money visit: www.BHG.com/savemoney

For more information on Alicia Markham, Deals Diva visit: www.DealsInAZ.com

Rocky Point Cruise Ship

On Thursday the first ever cruise sets sail from Rocky Point.

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Butts N Donuts Gym

The 4 Best Bootie Exercises! And where to go for free help with the peach! Classes here are 45 minutes long and will focus on lower body, especially the glutes!

  • Butts N Donuts Gym
  • Grand opening: Feb 1st
  • Free Glute Pump classes: All of January
  • 3014 N Hayden Rd. Unit 119 Scottsdale, AZ 85251

For more information: https://buttsndonuts.com/

My Sister's Attic

The Valley's favorite family of designer consignment stores, My Sister's Closet, My Sister's Attic and Well Suited invites you to a grand opening celebration for the brand new Chandler location of My Sister's Attic on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 starting at 9a.m.

Free food and drinks all day long. Shoppers will also be able to adopt dogs on site from the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) and one lucky shopper will also win a $1,000 shopping spree at the new store

  • My Sister's Attic- Chandler ---in the Raintree Ranch Center---opening Saturday Jan 11th
  • Loop 101 and Ray Road (Near Whole Foods)
  • 2915 W. Ray Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224
  • Phone: 480-722-1823

For more information on big sales and opening festivities visit: www.mysisterscloset.com.

Chauncey Social Coming to North Scottsdale

Chauncey Social pairs chef-crafted American fare with a welcoming hip vibe, a wraparound outdoor patio and sporting & special events showing on the area's largest LED wall (10' x 50'). Chauncey Social offers an extensive Bill of Fare and has been designed by Executive Chef Joe Absolor, founding chef of Stock & Stable in Phoenix who recently competed at the 2019 World Cooking Championship after winning the Devour Culinary Classic's Golden Ticket award.

  • Healthier Meat Options- In 2020, guests will look for higher quality meat options, and Chauncey Social features an all-natural, "Never Ever" protein program across the board; meaning that no hormones, anti-biotics, or medications of any sort have ever been administered.
  • Shareable Menu Options- Guests continue to enjoy eating family style and Chauncey Social's expansive menu of shareable options perfect to share including Social Boards of salumi and artisan cheese, and shared plates from Dumplings, Salmon Poke Cones, Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Bruschetta, and Tuna Tostadas.
  • Instagram Worthy Decor- Everyone is looking for the next place to take your Instagram pic. Chauncey Social has a Louis Vuitton wall, which is the perfect spot to take your pic on your next night out.
  • Largest LED wall in the area that shows all of the biggest sporting and special events. Plus, every Monday, they have Industry Night, where all hospitality industry receives 50% off. Plus, they have a Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3-6pm.

Chauncey Social will be open daily for dinner service at 4pm with lunch and weekend brunch to soon follow in January. Social Hour will be offered daily from 4pm-6pm.

For additional information call 480-565-6488, or visit www.chaunceysocial.com.

Chauncey Social: 17767 N Scottsdale Rd suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Epicenter at Agritopia®

Epicenter, the high-end, vertical mixed-use community and retail destination in the heart of Agritopia® will celebrate its groundbreaking ceremony on January 9, 2020. The private ceremony will honor the local community and pay tribute to the history of Agritopia®.

  • Epicenter is a high-end, vertical mixed-use community and retail destination in the heart of Agritopia® and pays tribute to the property's agrarian past and present.
  • Agritopia® includes an 11.3-acre organic farm and each building is uniquely designed to further the sense of a community coming together.
  • The project is the capstone to complete Agritopia® and is designed to cater to residents of all ages. The community will include 320 one-, two- and three-bedroom living options and more than 49,000 feet of retail space in a health-focused, walkable environment.
  • Epicenter will feature elevated apartment living with uncommon amenities, such as a maker's space for woodworking and crafting that will appeal to a broad spectrum of residents seeking a vibrant living community.
  • Epicenter's current retailers include Matt's Big Breakfast, Gadzooks, Peixoto Coffee, Bunky Boutique, Wylde Salon, Hooligan's Barbershop, Vintage Home and The Fit Collective workout community.
  • Gilbert is ranked one of the best places to live in Arizona, with some of the safest and most kid-friendly neighborhoods, making it an ideal living environment and the perfect place for a community such as Epicenter.

For more information, visit www.epicenteratagritopia.com.

Epicenter at Agritopia®: 3000 E Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296


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