40 Ways to Save Money on Monthly Expenses - The Simple Dollar
Carpool to work if you can to significantly reduce wear and tear on your car, save on gas, and take advantage of carpool lanes that might make it easier to get to work.
Check at least once a month to keep the tires on your vehicle properly inflated. Doing so can improve your gas mileage.
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You’ll save far more if you don’t buy a car or sell it if you already own one but can go without it.
If you can use public transportation, you can save quite a bit of money on gas, parking, and maintenance over time.
Refinance your home or automobile at a lower rate to save money over the life of the loan and lower your monthly payment.
If your student loans are locked in at a high-interest rate, figure out whether it makes sense to consolidate all or some of them.
If you have debts with a high-interest rate, a balance transfer might be a good option and even offer perks such as 0% APR and rewards programs. Ensure you consider the balance transfer fees, and pay down the entire transferred balance during the introductory period if possible.
If you have high balances on multiple credit cards, it can make sense to use a debt consolidation loan. These loans combine several high-interest debts into one personal loan, ideally with a lower interest rate than your current debts.
If you have a large balance on your credit card, call your credit card company and request a rate reduction. If you often pay on time, they may be willing to negotiate, or you can get a 0% balance transfer onto another card.
Many installment plans offer an interest rate reduction if you sign up for automatic debt repayment plans. They are convenient, save money automatically each month, and ensure you won’t miss a payment or incur a late fee.
Look for items you no longer use that may have value, then sell them online. You can then use the money you bring in to pay off debt.
Country clubs, gyms, cable, newspapers, and magazines are some of the things that people often sign up to but rarely use. Try canceling any memberships you’re on the fence about, and see if you really miss them.
Also, look at the services you pay for monthly and think if their cost is worth it. If not, just drop the service and look for other options that can accomplish the same thing for less.
Ask at work about your available options that might reduce your insurance costs, and look into family options if you have one.
To lower monthly premiums, consider a high deductible health insurance plan. Just be sure to weigh the expected savings against the additional amount you may have to pay out-of-pocket each year.
Research your options. You may save money and maintain your current level of coverage by changing insurance, but give your current service a chance to match quotes.
You can also bundle your homeowners and auto policies together, most insurance companies give discounts for that. If you’re using different insurers, ask what kind of discount each would offer if you bundled the policies together.
If you’re paying for whole life insurance or universal life insurance, consider a cheaper term policy instead. The cost per year will be significantly less expensive – even if you buy similar coverage.
The only difference is, your policy will terminate eventually with term coverage — typically after you retire, when, presumably, your family is no longer so dependent on your work income — whereas whole life policies are for a lifetime.
If you’re paying a large premium in order to have a small deductible, you might want to consider switching that, particularly if your claims are infrequent. Raising your deductible may reduce your annual premiums, easing the monthly strain on your bills.
Compare childcare options in your area or try to reduce your existing childcare by a day or two — for instance, look into a nanny-share arrangement, ask for your family’s help or try working a later shift so you can be home during the day.
You can also reduce or eliminate organized child activities. Look at the real expenses involved with any sport or activity before you let your children sign up and keep them on only one activity at a time.
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Your future self might have more income, but it’s also fairly likely that your future self might have less income and you’ll find yourself in a really bad situation.
Even if your future self is doing well, there are probably going to be other big expenses that you’ll want to deal with at that time, like buying a house.
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By following the conventional path of "school to loan to university to work" you risk running into serious debt. Being creative is a potential way to lessen or eliminate that.
Maybe finding a different and cheaper way of doing the same thing, doing a yard sale or getting a side job… Put your mind to it and you may find ways to get a financial boost.
When you buy mutual funds, you are charged a purchase fee upfront. This is a one-time payment to the fund management institution. Annually, you will be charged with a percentage of management fees, commonly known as “expense ratio”, which can be expensive.
Beware when advisors at your bank recommend mutual funds to buy. They might be earning a sales commission.
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No matter how little or how much money you earn, creating a monthly budget is one of the most important aspects of managing your finances. What gets measured gets managed.
The Envelope system is a way to track your variable expenses like food, entertainment, and drinks.
This method, preferably used weekly, allocates a certain amount in each category in labeled envelopes (food, drinks, movies, etc.). Once the envelope is empty, you are done spending in that category.
The principles that make a good budget, something you can stick to:
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