I recently did a guest post for Amanda at Keeping Up With The Haneys about couponing [ read here], & it got me thinking about all the ways that I have been trying to save money for my little family. We have cut back on our monthly bills & I knew I would definitely want to share! This is more of how we have saved money on our monthly bills, because not everyone will be able to do the same we have. But this could at least give you ideas on how you can cut back on your bills.
+ Cell phones- We switched over from having contracted phones at about $200 a month for 2 phones & hardly had service, to prepaid/no contract phones at about $90 for two. We did downgrade phone wise which sucks because I was in love with my Iphone 5c! :(
+ Vehicle payments- We were a two vehicle family with 2 payments, after getting pregnant & me cutting my hours at work from full time pretty much to hardly nothing, 2 payments was not going to work! So we decided for the time being we are going to be a 1 vehicle family. It sucks some times, but we are saving a chunk of cash monthly.
+ Car insurance- Downgrading to one vehicle means dropping it from your insurance. For us that is $100 saved a month on insurance alone!
+ Cable- We do have cable & internet. We love it, we have Att Uverse. Best service ever! But paying almost $200 for just those two things seems a bit crazy. At this moment we are stuck between canceling the cable or contacting the company & seeing if there are any promotions or deals to drop our monthly bill some. We have to keep the internet of course, & Netflix too.
+ Electric/water/gas- The utility side of the monthly bills is something I am trying to figure out. try to use less, not leaving things on, running, or plugged in. I turn off lights & electronics if not in use. I also unplug a lot of things at night. Using less water would mean not running it long while showering and such. & Maybe cutting back on laundry loads?
Do you have any money saving tips for monthly bills? I would love to hear them!
[ I have recently started working on a new finance binder, see old one here. I would love to share when complete if anyone would be interested in seeing a post like that! ]
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