As we near out first pay check in over two months (times have been tough but God provided) we are set to implement some money saving procedures and a much improved budget. What have we done? Well I will share with you three tips today to shrink your expenses and saved lots of money
First, perhaps the biggest change for us, we are limiting our grocery/all things Wal-Mart budget (excluding dog food) to $250 per month. We are going to enforce this budget limit by taking out $250 cash at the beginning of the month and placing said cash in an envelope to be used each time we shop. When the money runs out, no more groceries. As an incentive to save more, 50% of the money left over at the end of the month can be used for ANYTHING we want.
Estimated Savings: $200-400/month
Second, we are going automatic. We are signing up as many bills as possible for automatic bill pay. We have been paying anywhere from $5 to $25 dollars in late fees each month. The main offender is our water bill. It is the only bill that comes without a return envelope and is therefore easy to forget about. To make matters worse the local water department are known in our house as the water Nazi’s- if you are two weeks late with your bill they shut off the water and charge $20 bucks (plus late fee) to reconnect. As if they weren’t selling the most abundant resource that only cost about $30 a month, and we were somehow going to run off without paying that hefty $35 dollar water bill….geesh.
Estimated Savings: $5-$25 dollars
Third, we will be paying down our lowest balance credit card in a month or two and using that card for gasoline- NOTHING else! Well okay, emergencies, but only real emergencies. The card will be paid off before the end of each month. It will help us budget our gas money and allow for quick and easy gas purchases. Tried buying gas without a credit card lately? It isn’t fun.
Estimated Savings: $10-$25/month on interest
OVERALL estimated servings: $215-$450 dollars