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Top Ways to Cut Your Household Living Expenses

November 21, 2016

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Maintaining a good lifestyle doesn’t come easy. There are expenses that are incurred to sustain a comfortable and happy way of life. As the years pass, these necessities and wants begin to increase.

In order to maintain a comfortable lifestyle, good budgeting must be implemented and priorities must be recognized. You must learn how to identify essentials versus luxuries, so you know where to cut and what you can add at any time.

Below are some tips for how you can cut your household living expenses:

  • Cut unnecessary cords. Technology bills add up very quickly! Internet and wifi are essential to living in most cases these days, but do you really need the top tier package, or does the basic package realistically give you what you need? Same is true for cable and phone service. Be realistic about what you actual need and use, so you don’t pay unnecessary, expensive upgrades.
  • Cook your own meals. This will save you a lot of money compared to dining out. It also saves you money because when you are buying your own food, you are less wasteful if you work around specific recipes and go to the grocery store with an organized list. Plus, cooking at home can be fun.
  • Create a grocery list. Don’t just go to the grocery store blind and go down every aisle. You will end up buying way more than what you actually need. A grocery list will keep you on track and help you avoid impulse purchases, thus saving you money.
  • Commute or walk. If your school or office is just a few blocks, get an earlier start and walk, bicycle, or take public transportation. This will save you on gas and car maintenance.
  • Don’t use water and electricity like they are unlimited. Remember, every time you turn the faucet on or adjust your thermostat, you’ll see that reflected in your bill. So, turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth and open the windows for fresh air versus using your HVAC when the weather is nice.
  • Create rather than buy. This is especially relevant to home decor. Did you find an amazing light fixture or decorating item online? Look for tutorials on how to replicate a look for a fraction of the price. You’d be amazed at how easy it can be and how much you’ll save!
  • Cancel subscriptions. Do you read every magazine or paper you receive? If not, consider cancelling your subscriptions and only buying those items when you actually intend on reading them. Same for online services.

Check your lifestyle. Do you drink or eat out a lot? Do you always go to the movies or shop whenever there is a sale? Your lifestyle can take a huge chunk out of your budget. So, keep things in check and create some self-imposed limits, so you don’t overspend and deplete your savings.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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