Leaving stuff crammed into a storage unit
Gallery LEA 12 storage unit

The leak: $480 to $1,800 a year

The plug: Rent a dumpster ($300 or so) and clear out the junk. Donate stuff that's in good shape to a charity shop for a tax write-off.

Unload valuables like high-end clothing or furniture through a consignment store; you'll get about half the selling price, says Kate Holmes of howtoconsign.com.


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  @Money - Last updated December 18 2012 02:42 PM ET
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