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Surprising Ways You Can Save at Home

12 smart strategies to cut back on expenses—without cramping your style.

The average American pays nearly $18,000 in housing costs. That's—gulp—a lot of cash, but it doesn't mean your home has to become a money pit. Of course, sticking to a budget is the best way to control your monthly expenses, but that can be tough—especially when you've got a whole house full of furniture to buy or a renovation coming up. Luckily, we came up with 12 surprising strategies to help keep your bank account flush, no matter what comes your way. Click or tap on the icons below to reveal the money-saving tip.

The Nest and GEICO present All of the Surprises, a sponsored series that helps couples find unexpected ways to save (and prepare for) homeownership. (What's not surprising? How much you could save by switching to GEICO.)