10 Drastic Ways to Cut Your Expenses by $600 per Month

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Money Saving Mom author Crystal Paine reveals how to cut $600 in expenses from your monthly household budgetIf you’ve done your budget and are still coming up short each month, you need to cut expenses. But how? These short-term sacrifices will get you in a better long-term financial standing. From The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine.

If you are in a real bind, here are ten ways to significantly cut your expenses:
1. Downsize Your Home. If you are renting, do the math to see if moving to a smaller house or apartment might be worth the effort. If you’re bursting at the seams as it is, streamline your life and get rid of clutter. Maybe you’ll find you can actually get by with a smaller living space, or at least you’ll figure out that you don’t necessarily need to get a bigger place. The less stuff you have, the less space you need to comfortably live.
Possible savings: $150 or more each month.

2. Become a Single-Car Family. This won’t work for everyone, but it’s worth considering long and hard if there’s a way you can eliminate all but one vehicle for at least a short time period. Calculate how much you’d save if you got rid of one (or more) of your vehicles and then brainstorm if there’s a way you could make it work. An added benefit of sharing a vehicle with your spouse is that you will stay home more, which usually results in spending less money.
Possible savings: $100 or more each month.

3. Stop Eating Out. Restaurants are great, but they are expensive. You can often make a week’s worth of simple meals for the cost of a single dinner out at a sit-down restaurant.
Possible savings: $100 or more each month.

4. Get Rid of Cable. You can live without cable! People have done it for centuries and been no worse for it. In fact, I think that incessant watching of mindless television is only sucking out our brains and creativity.
Possible savings: $25 or more each month.

5. Cancel All Subscriptions and Memberships. No matter how much you love that magazine subscription, Netflix account, or gym membership, if you can’t afford to pay your utility bill, the extra memberships have got to go.
Possible savings: $15 or more each month.

6. Cut the Bells and Whistles on Your Phone. If you have a fancy cell phone with all the bells and whistles, get rid of it and replace it with a pay-as-you-go phone plan. Cut the extras on your landline or consider eliminating it altogether.
Possible savings: $15 or more each month.

7. Eat More Meatless Meals. This is drastic for some people, I know, but if you’re desperate, it’s a fantastic way to save a good chunk of change each week. You’ll typically pay at least $2 to $4 for just the meat you serve at a meal. Switch to simple, inexpensive vegetarian meals at least two or three times per week (vegetable soup, beans and rice, bean burritos, pancakes and eggs for dinner, etc.) and pocket the savings.
Possible savings: $35 or more each month.

8. Quit Using Your Dryer. Your dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to run. Invest in a simple outdoor clothesline or indoor clothes rack for drying your clothes.
Possible savings: $15 or more each month.

9. Adjust Your Thermostat. Turning your thermostat up or down by two or three degrees can have a pretty significant impact on your heating and cooling bills. You can also save approximately 10 percent by turning your thermostat back by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours (overnight). Invest in a programmable thermostat to automate this.
Possible savings: $25 or more per month.

10. Plan a Menu and Use Coupons. Committing to spend an extra hour each week menu planning and matching store sales with coupons can yield a significant savings on your grocery bill. Click here for more details on how to lower your grocery bill.
Possible savings: $125 or more each month.

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