5 Expenses you can live without
Are you struggling to stay on top of your bills every month? Do you find yourself staying home all the time because you can’t afford to go out with your friends? If you do, then you should be aware of the fact that there are numerous ways you can cut down on your monthly bills by simply sacrificing a few of your precious possessions:
Whether you’re hoping to save some money for a summer vacation this year, or if you’re worried about how you’re going to pay for your bills over the next few months (or years), here are five expenses you may be able to live without:
A cell phone
Yes, it’s the 21st century and cell phones are considered a necessity for some people, but if you’re paying more than $60 a month for your cell phone then you should seriously be considering other options.
If you have a laptop and an internet connection, then try to call your friends and family using Skype or other VoIP programs like VoIP Stunt or Google Voice. But if you simply cannot live without your cell phone, then try to ditch your cell phone plan if you’re not tied down to a contract and look into a “pay as you go” plan instead.
Thanks to the latest developments in technology you can now easily download and/or stream your favourite TV shows and movies online on sites like Project Free TV, Surf the Channel and SideReel (just to name a few).
We all know how hard it can be to get around without a car, especially if you have a full-time job and your workplace is far away from your home. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and if you are truly worried about your current money situation then you can probably cut your expenses in half just by parking your car, even for a few months. Not only will this help you save money on gas and insurance costs, it will also help you do your part for the environment as well.
If you spend more than $10 on beverages like milk, juice, pop or even alcohol every time you go to the grocery store, then you should seriously reconsider your drinking habits. Drinking tap water is free and healthy for you (depending on where you live) so even if you try ditching other beverages for a month or so you could save a ton of money just by drinking tap water every day.
If money is tight, then you really shouldn’t be buying new clothes anyways, (shoes included). But if you’re absolutely desperate for new clothes, then check out some cheap thrift stores instead and avoid shopping at your favorite expensive clothing stores altogether.