Bonus • Adults with a strong, wide social network have a 50 percent better chance of living longer, reports a Brigham Young University study. That's an amazing return on a few dollars.
Protect your possessions
More than 2 million burglaries occur every year in the U.S., and if your house is the crime scene, you will be devastated. And, you'll probably disheartened, too, if you find out your insurance policy doesn't offer enough coverage for the pricier items you've accumulated think laptop or engagement ring.
So, it's time to get a rider or two to extend your coverage on specific items. MetLife, for instance, charges $1 or $2 per $100 of value for a jewelry rider for an item that's being worn or kept at home. If you have a ring valued at $2,000, that's $20 a year for protection in case of loss or theft. Some perspective: It would take you maybe 100 years to save up $2,000 at $20 a year.
For more information on insurance riders, head to the website of the Insurance Information Institute, iii.org.
Overpay and enjoy it
You've heard this one before. Minimizing what you owe is one of the best ways to turbo-charge your money. If you add even an extra $10 to your credit card payment each month, you'll be amazed at the impact. Let's say you're carrying $5,000 at 16 percent interest that you're trying to pay off at $200 per month. Add an extra $10 each month, and you'll save $67 in interest payments and get out of debt two months earlier than the two-year-and-seven-month timeline you're now on. Make it an extra $20 a month, and you'll save $126 in interest.
Clean up your email act
One daily to-do that eats up time and money is sifting through your email inbox teeming with everything from forwarded jokes from friends to urgent work items and info for 30 percent off sales that you may actually want to know about. You can simplify that process with Postbox, a desktop app that costs $9.95 and is available at postbox-inc.com. It will group your email messages as you see fit, and it can scan the contents of each email to make searching for those promo codes and coupons super-quick.