By Ann Sullivan
With life’s hectic pace, it’s easy to let things go and not pay attention to expenses which could be trimmed and result in significant monthly savings. Most people are creatures of habit. It’s normal to get into a routine, or fall into a trap, of spending money on things you could be saving on. If you take time to look at your expenses, plan your budget, and look for ways to cut down without sacrificing, you may find you can still enjoy them while paying less for them. Here are 9 ways to cut down on monthly household expenses, without necessarily giving up on what you may need.
1) Buy in Bulk
Certain household items are worth the up-front cost to buy in bulk. These are items that you use on a regular basis and are better off buying more of at a reduced per item cost. Things like toilet tissue, paper towels, laundry soap, condiments, coffee and any items you always need to have on hand are worth buying more of. You’ll be surprised how much you can save on the product, as well as gas, because you won’t have to keep running to the store to get more of an item you’ve stocked up on. Some stores, like Costco and BJ’s, have club memberships which are worth the small up front annual fee. In the long-run, the bulk item savings will cover the membership fee, if you use it. It’s also a good idea to make a list and plan your purchases so you don’t go overboard at the store.
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