This year is all about saving money every day while trying to increase your income potential. If you did one thing each day that could save as little as $5 over the course of a year, you could have an extra $1800 in your pocket at the end of the year. Not all of these tips may apply to you, so to keep it fair, not all of them will apply to me.

I love reader comments, stories, and tips. A great one was sent to me by reader Patti in response to my post on “Utilizing All Residential Features.”

Patti gets her exercise walking dogs at her local shelter, the humane society in Missouri. She does get some added financial benefits, like mileage deduction and veterinary discounts for her own rescued animals. But that’s not why she does it.

More than exercise, Patti thrives on the gift of helping those less fortunate. She says, “When you step into this environment with so many little pairs of eyes depending on you to see sunlight, get exercise and potty breaks, socialization necessary to find that forever home, you forget any of your own problems and are transported into a world of best friends who ask for nothing more than a little attention. It’s my passion in life and Oprah says having a purpose is what makes for fulfillment and longevity!”

FrugalPup, also known as Bronx, was a sick little puppy when we rescued him, and I have nothing but love and respect for those who can give so much kindness to so many in need.

So Patti, here’s a picture of our happy rescue puppy enjoying his first snow thanks to big hearts like yours!