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.”