Though you know you make a pretty good living, sometimes, at the end of the day, you know you can do better when it comes to saving money. After all, the stuff doesn’t grow on trees. Here are a few tips on how to sleep better at night by cutting back on spending money to saving a little bit here and there:
Don’t eat out so much
Come on now, you know you can be saving money when it comes to doing a little cooking at home. People end up spending money by eating out more than they should. All it takes is a little prep time to cook cheap and easy meals. These days, grocery stores are stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and spices from all over the world. With a little practice, you can cook up yummy, healthy food just like your favorite restaurant all while saving money.
Taking the bus to work
Do you really need to be spending money on gas to drive your car back and forth to work? If you have a job where you’re at the office all day, you might want to consider taking the bus or other public transportation in order to increase saving money on gas. If you live close enough, you might also want to consider walking or taking your bicycle. Spending money on gas when you have other options may be one of the biggest drains in your bank account.
Reassess media and communication services
If you live in a fairly large town or city, chances are the town’s emergency services can track you through your GPS function on your cell phone if they need to locate you. We’re just saying this, because you may want to think about saving money by cutting your landline phone. Speaking of spending money on unused services, what about your cable? These days you can get most anything online, either through the broadcasting companies themselves or through an online movie service like Netflix.
Assess appliance usage
If there’s only one or two of you in the house, ask yourself, “do I really need a dishwasher?” Saving money on your water bill by washing dishes by hand is a really smart idea. Same thing with the clothes dryer. If you have a yard, why not use a clothesline? It’s way cheaper than spending money on a higher electricity bill.
Cancel your gym membership
Gym memberships can be very expensive, sometimes costing $500 to $1000 a year! Ask yourself if you can really afford spending money on using a gym, or can you get by with a run around the block, or building your own garage gym?