LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Commerce Department’s latest report shows consumer spending increased over the last three months, but have savings decreased.

And wages and salaries had the smallest increase in more than a year.

Money experts have some simple ideas to help you stretch your dollars, including living within your means.

In addition, financial experts suggest cooking at home instead of eating out and brown bagging it to work, which can save up to 1,000 a year.

Remember to buy generic — including groceries and prescription drugs and use coupons.


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