Today everyone is looking to save more money in everything they do. We want to build our wealth, protect ourselves from debt and live in financial freedom. All this being said, we also don’t want to give up all the things that we enjoy most in life to save a little money. We want to find that balance between enjoying life today and saving for the future.
To do this, we need to understand our expenses and find out what is really worth paying for and what we should reconsider. This can be a difficult process for many of us, but the benefits of eliminating unnecessary expenses is worth any amount of time. Here are some of the home expenses that you really should be paying for, along with ones that you should avoid.
Energy is a home expense that can fluctuate drastically month to month. There is no doubt that we need electricity, heat and air conditioning and other items that require energy to operate, so this expense cannot be eliminated completely. However, there are a lot of ways that you can lower your energy bill. Consider maybe switching providers to one that provides lower rates for the same service. You can also cut your energy bill by using colder water, turning off all energy-using items when you are not using them and turning down your heating/air conditioning.
Some form of entertainment
We all need some way to relax and unwind at the end of the day, so it is crucial to have some form of relaxation to come home to every day. For many of us, that may be coming home to watch your favorite TV show. Cut those costs by switching from cable TV to satellite TV fromhttp://www.direct2tv.com/ or even just using a site like Netflix to save you money every month. If you like to play new video games all the time, but find it really expensive to buy new games every month, consider renting games instead. These things can give you the entertainment you want without the cost.
We need water not only to drink, but to do many of the daily activities we take for granted every day. Water bills are inevitable, but there are some ways that you can lower this bill every month. Some examples include taking shorter showers or opting for baths instead, only running the dishwasher when its full, using less water to wash your dishes, and turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth and shaving. Just doing a few of these things each month will help cut back on your water bill and your impact on the environment.
We have to eat! But there are a lot of things that we do every day that waste more money on food than we really should. Try to cook at home more often than you eat out, going out only once a week if you can. You can also consider using coupons from your local grocery store to save extra money on your food.
Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. You can find her on Twitter.