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18 ways to beat inflation

Cut out some waste and take advantage of a few overlooked deals, and you can rein in your budget without feeling like a penny-pincher.

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Gas - Conserve fuel in any car
Gas - Conserve fuel in any car
The most noticeable inflation spike is at the pump, with prices topping $4 a gallon in many areas. Your first strategy should be to change how you drive - but what you drive could have an even bigger impact.
5% of your household budget
Up 21% from a year ago

Underinflated tires can cut your mileage per gallon by 5%, says Jesse Toprak of Edmunds.com. Check your tires once a month.

And lose the lead foot: You can save up to 33% by maintaining steadier, slower speeds.

Potential savings: About $800 a year - not to mention what you'll save in speeding tickets.

NEXT: Gas - Take advantage of your credit card
Last updated June 13 2008: 10:48 AM ET
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