Want to save money? Cut these 4 things from your budget right now

by Kristina on November 28, 2013 · 6 comments

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Good morning Dinks. Think about your spending over the last week or so; are there things that you could have lived without?  I am sure the answer for most of us is YES.  Sometimes I spend money just because I have it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I should be spending it.

I personally don’t want to live in a world where I save every single penny I earn and I don’t want to live in a world where I don’t spend any money on myself because in my opinion that’s not a life worth living.  I enjoy spending my money, but at the same time I save for the short term and for retirement because I don’t want to be forced to use credit in case of an emergency and I definitely want to retire some day.

What could you cut out of your weekly budget?

1. Bottled water.  I absolutely love bottled water, but my boyfriend Nick is really into saving the planet so unfortunately this was a luxury that I cut out of my weekly spending.  When cases of water go on sale we can buy 24 bottles for only $3 and since I change the water bottle twice every week a case of 24 bottles can last for 3 months.  However Nick doesn’t like buying bottled water so I bought a reusable Brita bottle.  I paid a one-time $9 cost and saved a fortune on bottled water.

2. Starbucks.  I am not a huge coffee drinker, but when the weather gets cold I love a good Pumpkin Spice Latte or Caramel Macchiato.  I limit myself to Starbucks once a week – if I feel like it.  I would love to be able to afford to drink Starbucks every single day, but I can’t so $5 once a week fits perfectly into my budget. Savouring and saving for my Starbucks visits makes me appreciate my Starbucks moments even that much more.

3. Drinks and smoking.  I don’t do either and I really hate it when people complain about not having any money then they light up a cigarette, it’s absolutely my pet peeve. If you buy one pack of cigarettes per week for $8 it adds up to over $400 a year.  If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day it adds up to almost $3000 a year.  I am sure we can all agree this is money that can be better spent.

4. Public transportation.  I personally hate taking public transportation because people have germs and I am not a big fan of crowded spaces.  However during the cold, snowy winter months up here in the Northeast I take public transportation – I don’t like it, but it’s better than catching a cold or walking home in a snow storm.  I live approximately 30 minutes from my office so walking to and from work at minus 40 is just not an option.  Walking helps me relax after work and decompress before I get home.  It’s also a great opportunity to run some errands on my way home.

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1 Kathy November 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

Totally agree about the cigarettes and drinking. Usually they found money for a tattoo as well. At cigarettes $5-6 a pack, a pack a day smoker could save $140 a month for their IRA or debt repayment. As for the bottled water, we get a case when we have a driving trip but for those bottles we use at home, we refill them with tap water and have several in the fridge at any time.

2 Kristina November 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Oh yes Kathy, I don’t understand why people can’t see the value in saving money instead of spending it on smoking.

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