Four Ways to Cut Down to Reduce Your Household Expenses
We probably all would like to have a bit more money to spend but will find that household expenses can be expensive and mean that we do not have a lot of free money. This is something that we might be able to do something about. It could be that we are paying more than necessary and there are things that we can cut down on. There are methods that we can use to check this.
- Compare prices – it is a really good idea to start comparing prices on everything that you buy. Many may limit this to when they shop for things at the supermarket but it can be expanded to most things. For example, if you have a mortgage or loans then you might be able to find cheaper lenders. You may be able to find cheaper insurers, utility suppliers and things like this as well. It is well worth going through everything that you pay for as a household and seeing whether you can get them cheaper. You might be able to use comparison websites for some items, but you could also talk to other people and see what they buy and can recommend and compare retailers yourself as well. Even if you can only save a little bit per each item it will add up and you could end up making significant savings.
- Is everything necessary? – it can also be wise to ask yourself whether it is necessary to buy everything that you get. It could be that you hardly use certain things or that you can do without them. Perhaps you will be able to cancel a subscription to a TV channel and manage without it or stop taking a magazine or newspaper if you are able to catch up with the news online or on the television instead. When you buy anything just ask yourself whether you really need it and that should help to make sure that you are not buying things that are not necessary. This can feel hard as you may feel that you will be depriving yourself of things that you like if you do not buy everything that you need. However, if you really want to cut down your expenses then you will need to buy less things as well as paying less for those that you do buy. It can be easier than you think if you are cutting down on things that you will not miss that much. If you are finding it tricky though, try to focus on why you are doing it and the benefits of that so that you can work towards that rather than concentrating on the sacrifices that you are making.
- Consider downsizing – a big way to save money could be to downsize. If you move to a smaller home then it is likely your rent or mortgage will go down and your insurance and council tax. It will cost less to heat and maintain and there will be less to clean so you will not have to buy cleaning products so often. It will also be cheaper to furnish and decorate. This is a huge step though and for some people it will not be possible as they may not be able to fit in a smaller place as they may be in the smallest they can manage in anyway. However, do think about it seriously as you could potentially make a huge difference to your finances by doing this.
- Try to use less – using less of everything that you buy will help you to save money as you will not need to buy it as often. This can apply to a lot more things than you might think. For example, it can apply to using less water, electricity, food, water and making less insurance claims. Also using your car less will help to save fuel, wear and tear on the tyres and general wear and tear on the car. It can be easier to cut down on some things than others and so it is a good idea to think about what you think what might be the easiest for you to cut down on. Also look at the costs of these things and think about what changes you could make that would make the most difference. If you walked or cycled each day rather than driving, that could make a big difference but if you ate half a chocolate bar each day instead of a whole one that would make less of a difference (although it could have a good impact on your health!).
These can seem severe but if you do a little bit of each, then those changes could add up to make a big difference to your finances. You will find that as you try different things, some will be easier than others and you could concentrate on the easier ones so that you still spend less but do not feel so deprived.