Boost your deductibles

You can trim your auto insurance by 15 percent or more if you boost your deductible to $1,000 from $250. Also, increasing your homeowners' deductible to $2,500 from $250 can cut your premium by 30 percent and discourage you from making small claims that could raise your premiums. And if you have policies with more than one insurer, you may want to put all of them together -- and likely get a discount. Be sure to ask your insurer about the markdowns that you qualify for.

( Baltimore Sun / April 21, 2006 )

You can trim your auto insurance by 15 percent or more if you boost your deductible to $1,000 from $250. Also, increasing your homeowners' deductible to $2,500 from $250 can cut your premium by 30 percent and discourage you from making small claims that could raise your premiums. And if you have policies with more than one insurer, you may want to put all of them together -- and likely get a discount. Be sure to ask your insurer about the markdowns that you qualify for.

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