Cut Your Spending by $400 Per Month

Posted July 26, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

When I read the title of the a recent article from The Budget Diet, I thought “Sure, that’s realistic.” The title? “Cut Your Spending by $400 a Month.” But going through the advice it provided, I realized that while you’d need to do all of the things they recommended in order to save $400, making just a few of the recommended changes will save you enough money to make a big difference in your budget. Here are a few of their pieces of advice I found especially exciting:

  • “Make sure you’re taking advantage of rewards programs at places you regularly shop like CVS, Kroger and Petco.” – I regularly walk into CVS and Dominick’s and say “no, I don’t have the discount card.” But the fact of the matter is, the dollar or two I don’t save each time will add up throughout the year. I’m getting myself a discount card.
  • “How about breakfast and a movie? AMC theatres offer $6 movies before noon.” I use this one all the time. Go early, go often.
  • “Deal first, destination second – this is The Budget Diet’s motto when it comes to saving on travel. It simply means don’t get your heart set on a destination, and then discover the deals don’t exist. Instead, be open-minded about a destination and get excited about great deals. Each Saturday, The Budget Diet publishes the Top 10 Budget Travel Deals.”

Read the rest of these great tips on The Budget Diet by clicking here.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."