Taking into account the combination of the struggling economy and the fact that homeowners seem to be on a tighter budget than ever – and most of us come to the conclusion that we must be able to cut our household costs in order to remain in control of our personal finances. Many small changes can results in large changes in the budget, which can allow us to save up to one hundred dollars a month, without making large changes that affect the lifestyle.
Here are some ways that you can cut the costs within your household and begin saving money:
Bundle Your Cable/Internet and Phone Services
Bundling these services with the same company can save the consumer fifteen percent of off their bill, every single month. This can result in a savings of more than twenty five dollars per month, which can add up to over three hundred dollars saved every single year! Bundling the services can also allow the consumer to save money in late fees, as all bills come on one statement and can be easily paid within the grace period.
Stop Driving so Much
Reducing the amount of driving which is done can cut the household costs as it can reduce the amount of gas which is used. Many consumers are unaware that the less they drive, the less the costs of the insurance that will be charged to the consumer. Driving less could save you hundreds of dollars per year.
Shop Grocery Sales
Shopping grocery sales or taking advantage of loyalty programs can save up to fifty dollars each time that you visit the grocery store. Food is one area that many families are overspending and can be reduced by using coupons, by reducing the times per week that you visit the grocery store and also by shopping in bulk. Shopping in bulk can save you hundreds of dollars per year, as the food can be separated into portions which are suitable for single or meal portions. Watching where you spend your money, especially if it is going in your mouth is a great way to catch your bad spending habits and cut your household costs.
Reduce Your Energy Use
Reducing the amount of energy that is used can save you up from ten to fifteen percent on your next bill. Encouraging members of the family to take shorter showers, turn off lights when they leave the room and ensure that all small appliances are unplugged when not in use is not only a great way to save money from the monthly bill, but also a great way to teach the children in your family about contributing to the well being of the earth. Reduce your energy use to save money on your household expenses.