Last week I wrote about how we are implementing The Envelope System
Towards the end of 2012 I started looking at our bills & seeing what we could cut back on. I combed through our bank statements and highlighted areas that I thought we overspent. It was very eye-opening.
~CABLE: We have Direct TV Satellite mainly because we do not have any other option where we live. I looked at our bill and we were spending a ridiculous $155 per month!!!! I wasn't aware that we had all the movie channels and 2 sports packages, so bye bye they went. Our new bill is now $101 per month.
~CELL PHONE: We no longer have a landline phone, so we use our cell phones for everything. My parents are also on our plan, but they pay me for their portion. I started looking at our plan and usage and we were paying way too much. I changed some things around and lowered the bill by $80 per month.
~FUEL: This is one area that the cost is actually increasing for us. DH no longer has a company truck with a gas card, so he now drives his own truck and pays for his own gas. For me, I've been trying really hard to only run errands one day a week and save on gas. This has worked out pretty good so far. I sometimes travel for work, but I am reimbursed mileage.
~NO MORE I WANT! This isn't the fun part, but we've kind of grounded ourselves from spending money on things we really don't need. This is tough, but we're making a true effort. When I cleaned out and organized the pantry this week, I really wanted to go buy fancy bins & baskets to make it look pretty, but I didn't. The pantry needs to be functional, not showroom ready. It's been difficult to tell the kids that we are basically on a spending freeze, but there is just no other way. They have been told that we are only buying necessities right now and if they want something that is for fun, they have to save their own money for it. A little financial lesson for them ;-)
This is just a start to cutting our expenses. Every week I look at everything and see what else we can do to lower our spending. It's hard, but the end result will be totally worth it. I want to be debt free and have the financial security we need.
Next Financial Friday: Paying down debt!
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