Cut Back on Tech Now to Save $210 By the Holidays

We could all use a little extra spending money around the holidays. But with only 11 shopping weeks until Christmas (yeah, it scared us too), time is of the essence. To try and save some cash from now until the holidays—for buying presents for family, or maybe just treating yourself to the new iPhone 4s—here's a few ways you can cut corners and keep, potentially, an extra $210 in your wallet.

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Whether you're planning a forever budget or just trying to make a few temporary cuts to save cash for holiday travel, here are a few of the easiest ways to cut back on tech.

Cut the Cable
Cable bills are outrageous. If you have high-speed internet, consider trying online streaming services to get your tube fix.
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Estimated savings: $50/month - Cash for the Christmas fund: $125

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Cut your Landline
I mean, really;, who calls you on your landline besides telemarketers or your grandparents? Give granny your new cell number and axe the phone on the wall. Or, you could port your number to Google Voice or another VOIP (voice over internet protocol) provider.
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Estimated savings: $20/month - Cash for the Christmas fund: $50

Turn off the Computer
If you're like most young techies, your main home computer probably stays powered on 24/7. Give it a rest between uses (power it completely off before leaving the house, for example) and save some cash on your electric bill for awhile.
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Estimated savings: $4/month - Cash for the Christmas fund: $10

Print Less
Even one page of printer ink is money wasted, especially if it's something you could have saved in a digital PDF. Print only the essentials for a little while, or challenge yourself to print absolutely nothing at all 'til 2012.
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Estimated savings: $10/month - Cash for the Christmas fund: $25

Total savings in 2011: $210

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