*Changed our Netflix subscription to a lesser plan: one-at-time rental vs. two-at-a-time. Savings = $5 per month
*Changed our newspaper subscription from daily to weekends only. Savings = $8.50 per month
*Dropped one cell phone line from our family plan; it was not being used because my son got a prepaid phone instead. Savings = $10 per month
*My youngest son's medication is now available in generic form. Savings = $10 per month
*I have vowed to stop buying magazines; magazines are a real problem for me, I just can't seem to pass them up. Savings = approx. $10 per month
*I'm still looking into this one, but, we may be able to save some money if we switch from satellite to cable. Cable offers a bundling package that would put together our tv, phone, and internet. Possible savings = approx. $30 per month
So, those few simple things will save us just over $70 per month. It may not sound like much, but, every little thing adds up. That's an extra $70 to put toward something else - gas, groceries, or to pay on other bills. Another guest on Oprah that day was Stephanie Nelson, from CouponMom.com. I'm also going to check out her site and make a real effort to spend less on groceries each month. Planning weekly menus based on what's on sale that week, always making a shopping list, and using coupons are some strategies that should help.
How about you? Are you doing anything that is helping you to trim your monthly budget? Share your tips....