2. Lower your cable bill. Call your cable company. Eliminate
any channels you are not watching or could live without. When you are on the
phone with them see if they have any offers. Your cable company may actually
give you the same channels for less money if you ask to downgrade your package.
It might be a six month or one year offer but this will save you money over
the six months.
3. Bundle your services. If you purchase your cable, internet,
and/or telephone together it may save you money.
4. Get rid of your cell phone or switch to a prepaid cell phone.
A lot of people like having a cell phone. Cell phones used to be a luxury item
but now almost everyone has one. You might feel like this is a “must have”
but cell phones are more expensive than land lines. If you must have a cell
phone, consider switching to a prepaid phone service. If you are in an agreement,
you might be worried about the cancellation fee. Do the math and see if the
cancellation fee is more or less than the cost savings. You may end up spending
less in the long run if you cancel your contract.
5. Switch your phone service. Shop around. You may be paying
more than you have to for phone service. If you have the internet consider using
an internet telephone service. The monthly bill is substantially lower than
a traditional phone company.
6. Shop around for car insurance. Are you getting the lowest
price? Do some price comparisons on your auto insurance. Consider changing your
insurance policy to one with a higher deductible. If you have an older vehicle
you might consider switching your coverage. Decide if the monthly payment for
collision insurance is worth paying for on your older vehicle.
7. Save money on your electric bill. It is the little things
you can do that will add up. These tips might sound basic, but putting them
into practice will save you money. When you leave a room, turn the lights out.
Watch your thermostat. Keep the temperature as cool as you can handle during
the winter and as warm as you can handle during the summer. During the evenings
you may be able to get by with adjust the thermostat down a few degrees and
using more blankets. When you leave the house, turn the thermostat down. You
aren’t home, so who are you heating the house for?
8. Stop eating out. The less money you spend on eating out,
the more money you will have in your pocket. If you do eat out, make wise decisions
and limit how often you do take out food.
9. When you go grocery shopping write a list. Purchase the items
on your list and avoid impulse buying. Have a plan for how much you want to
spend. If you decide to buy something on sale replace it with something else
on your list if you have to, to keep your shopping trip within your budget.
10. Reheat leftovers. Yes, we all know how popular leftovers
are but if you save them in plastic storage containers and freeze them, they
work just like having a tv dinner. This is great for the days you don’t
feel like cooking.
11. Purchase meat products in family size or talk to your meat
department about purchasing larger amounts for a lower price. Your grocer may
sell you meat products at a discount if you buy it in a large quantity.
12. Use coupons. You might feel like clipping coupons is not
worth the effort, but you can really save a lot of money by using coupons. Purchase
your Sunday paper and cut out the coupons for products you normally buy. You
can also participate in coupon swapping groups or message boards to get more
ideas for where to find coupons and bargains.
13. Schedule your errands and driving time. If you need to buy
stamps today, go grocery shopping tomorrow, and go to the eye doctor’s
the next day, for example, you could be wasting a lot of time and money on gas.
Try to condense your trips. Plan them all for one day. Try to cut down the driving
time you do each day to save on gas.
14. Stop drinking soda and cut down on snacks. Soda and snacks
add up. It is pretty easy to spend $2-5 a day on soda and snacks. Eliminating
the nickle-dime items from your budget can give you back some extra money that
would be better spent.
15. Stop using credit cards/Pay off your credit cards. Take
any savings you have made from other areas and apply it to paying off your debt.
Focus on paying off one credit card at a time. It is usually best to pay off
the lowest balance first. Eliminating credit card debt may add to your monthly
expenses at first but it will ultimately give you a lot more money to work with