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I saw a video once of a cat anxiously awaiting some sort of treat. He was so excited. But the second his owner put the treat down in front of him, three other cats reached out, and snagged a chunk of it, leaving him with nothing but a crumb. That’s about how I feel when I get my paycheck. Don’t you? You think, “I have a whopping X amount of dollars coming my way” but then by the time you subtract your rent check, credit card bill, and that dental procedure you’re paying off, that whopping number has shrunk significantly. There may not be much you can do about having to pay rent or pay off medical procedures—your health and shelter are basic necessities—but there are probably some ways you could keep a bigger chunk of that cat treat. Here are ways you probably overspend a little each day.

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Diving for the deal

Grocery stores tend to put big, bright price stickers on items that aren’t actually the cheapest choice in their category. Before grabbing that big box of $5 spinach, look a few shelves below it: you’ll probably find a similar item for $3.29. The store was just hoping you didn’t see it, and would assume the $5 one was the best deal.

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