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Save Money on Recurring Costs Every Month

Posted By Miranda Marquit On 06/25/2012 @ 12:15 pm In Personal Finance | 13 Comments

Most of us have recurring expenses every month. Each month, we pay these costs, accepting them as a part of our lives. However, it is possible to save money each month on these items.

If you want to save money, you have to look at your expenses closely, and prioritize, as well as look for other options. You will save money each month — money that you can ¬†use for other purposes.

Cut Out What’s Unimportant

First of all, consider what’s unimportant. If you haven’t read that magazine for months, why are you still subscribing to it? Saving money each month requires that you prioritize, and put your resources into what’s important for you. Look at the excess fat in your budget and trim it. Some of the easiest things to cut from your budget include:

  • Subscriptions
  • Memberships
  • Cell phone services
  • Premium cable (and even regular cable)
  • Random small expenses

Really look at where your money is going, and cut out the unimportant items. Cut the recurring expenses that aren’t important, and you will save money each and every month.

Comparison Shop

Another way to save money on your recurring expenses is to shop around. You can save each month by comparing offers and costs. Internet services, cell phone services, and other services are a little easier to shop around for. Compare what you have now with what is avaialable.

If you really want to save money each month, though, you should comparison shop for better insurance rates. Every few months, shop around for insurance. You can really save money by reducing insurance premiums. Give your insurance company a chance to match it, but keep looking as well.

Consider Other Options

Another way to save money each month is to consider alternatives. Instead of paying for cable or satellite TV, think about whether or not you can accomplish the same thing with the help of a low-cost streaming services like Hulu or Netflix. You can even go to cable and network web sites and watch full episodes for free in many cases. Consider pay as you go if you don’t use enough minutes to make an expensive cell phone plan worth it. Instead of going to the gym, try to set up an inexpensive home gym, or buy a pair of running shoes.

As far as insurance is concerned, you might be surprised how much you can save if you increase your deductible to reduce your monthly premium. This is another option that you might not have considered. Do yourself a favor and look around for alternatives. They are often available, and they can save you a great deal of money.

Bottom Line

Saving money each month requires that you think about your spending, and think about the way you are using your financial resources. If you want to save money each and every month, look at your recurring expenses. Cut out the ones you don’t need, aren’t using, or don’t want. Then, comparison shop to find better deals. Finally, look for alternatives. Most expenses can be cut, and you will enjoy more disposable income each month, if you make the effort.


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