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amNewYork saves: Black Friday isn't the only time of year to save money

Black Friday is a great time for deals-- but so is the rest of the year. These are our best tips to save all year long so you can fit in that trip, finally buy those shoes you've been coveting, or try that restaurant you worked for weeks to get a reservation at.

Alison Fox, crime and breaking news reporter: Travel the world on a budget

If sitting at your desk and daydreaming about
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If sitting at your desk and daydreaming about traveling just about anywhere else sounds like you, don't fear you can't afford that vacation of your dreams. Being flexible about where you want to go can often mean really cheap deals to some major cities across Europe and Central or South America. Use the "Explore Map" feature on the Google Flight matrix and play with your dates. You can fly midweek to London in February for less than $400 round-trip or escape to São Paulo for a long weekend for less than $450 -- all found with a little patience and the map.

Sheila Feeney, general assignment reporter: Look to rummage sales

Don't buy anything retail. Crowdsource your needs on
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Don't buy anything retail. Crowdsource your needs on social media, and give your stuff away there, too. Shop rummage and church sales for everything from housewares to clothes.

Melissa Kravitz, amny.com assistant features manager: Make your own coffee

I save by making my own coffee and
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I save by making my own coffee and tea! Instead of spending thousands of dollars at coffee shops every year -- I did the math -- I keep a mini French press, mugs and coffee and tea at my desk for when I crave something warm and caffeinated.

Meredith Deliso, features and special sections editor: Take advantage of coupons

To save on shopping online, I always check
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To save on shopping online, I always check for coupon codes at retailmenot.com. If there's a discount for new newsletter subscribers and I've already signed up, I'll sign up with a different email like a work email or my old AOL one, and I always take advantage of referral discounts for things like apps by emailing friends and putting it on social media. Don't forget to take advantage of loyalty programs, too. If you're an avid coffee drinker, always use your local coffee shop's coffee card, like where your 10th coffee is free. There's also Belly, a large loyalty program where you can rack up rewards like free drinks and menu items at hundreds of participating businesses in NYC.

Jamie Reysen, amny.com news editor: Stop Seamlessing

Check Groupon for restaurants near you that are
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Check Groupon for restaurants near you that are offering deals before you head out to eat. And stop Seamlessing. You can manage the half-block walk to your bagel store.

Heather Senison, business and real estate editor: Shop the clearance sections

For clothes shopping, I get the best deals
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For clothes shopping, I get the best deals and styles in my mom's closet. But for furniture, I like to go to the clearance outlets of the "good" furniture stores, like Raymour & Flanigan. You will need a car to get to them though, the closest is on Long Island, but it's worth it.

Keira Alexander, buzz editor: Keep track of money with credit cards

Use credit cards instead of cash so you
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Use credit cards instead of cash so you can track your spending better. And importantly, get a credit card that has great rewards offers. There are tons out there to suit everyone's lifestyle -- whether you want to save money on groceries, gas, or travel.

Pete Catapano, editor-in-chief: Use Groupon

One word: Groupon. It's easy to find great
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One word: Groupon. It's easy to find great deals on restaurants not only in my neighborhood, but all across the city. You just need to check the site a lot so you don't miss anything.

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