Don't feel like clipping coupons? Unwilling to sacrifice lifestyle to save a buck? Unmotivated to budget?
Tap into the world of lazy savings, set-it-and-forget-it ways to keep more cash in your pocket without depriving yourself:
*Get dining rewards: Register your credit and debit cards at iDine.com for free and get 5 percent cash back for eating at participating restaurants. No coupons or gift certificates necessary. IDine.com also offers paid memberships for more cash back.
*Join a credit union: Almost everybody qualifies for a credit union, and they usually have lower fees and loan rates than traditional banks. Go to culookup.com to find one near you.
*Use retail loyalty cards: Sign up for a card at frequently visited supermarkets and retailers. Then shop as usual and watch the savings and goodies pile up. Often you don't need to carry the card. Cashiers can usually look it up by phone number. Or, combine loyalty-card bar codes with such tools as CardStar, mycardstar.com, which has smart phone
*Buy store brands: Reach for the house brands. They're so much better than they used to be; no coupons or comparison-shopping needed. Or peruse the weekly supermarket flier and buy multiples of whatever interests you.
They are almost always great deals. Along those lines is a tip from Myscha Theriault, co-author of "10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget." Get half off sunscreen by purchasing body lotion with sunscreen included.
*Use rewards credit cards: If you don't carry a balance on your credit cards, use a rewards card that pays you back, preferably in cash. Then shop as you would and reap the rewards. Compare cards online at such sites as CardRatings.com, LowCards.com and IndexCreditCards.com.
*Get browser add-ons: Several Web browser toolbars and plug-ins can help you save money shopping online, including CouponCabin.com and Billeo.com. One of the slickest is at GetInvisibleHand.com. Its toolbar is hidden until you visit a product page. Then it appears and tells you whether this is the best price or where you can get it cheaper. It doesn't include shipping prices, but it's passive price comparison for the truly lazy.
*Pay online and automatically: Online and auto-pay options can save money, especially by preventing late fees. Buy fewer stamps and envelopes, which is a hassle and expense. You might get a discount. Allstate insurance gives up to a 5 percent discount in most states for paying with automatic bank withdrawals.
*Raise your retirement contribution 1 point: You won't notice the difference. And if you do it online, it might take one minute. Repeat every time you get a raise.
*Change your thermostat 1 degree: Up in the summer, down in the winter. You won't notice the difference, but over time your wallet will.
*Buy CFLs: Replace your five most-used nondimmable lights with compact fluorescent bulbs and save 75 percent in energy costs. Lazy-savings bonus? You won't have to replace CFLs as often as incandescent bulbs, because they last 10 times longer. Similarly, switch to rechargeable batteries. You'll save money and never be caught without when the TV remote fails.
*Shrink your spending: Billshrink.com is a good comparison site for wireless phone service, credit cards and savings account rates, but it's also convenient for tracking gas prices. Sign up, and it will send you an e-mail alerting you to the lowest-price gas on your commute.