Monday, August 16, 2010

5 Bills you can Cut to Eliminate More Debt

When you think about getting out of debt, the first thing that comes to mind is money and it’s for good reason. You’re going to need money to fight off any debt that you may have. Now, the problem that I see with many people is that think about making more money, rather than cutting costs on bills over at home.

While you can still keep the job that you may have, you’re going to find that when you cut some bills in half or get rid of them, they will really help you with fighting your debt efforts.

I wanted to give you five bills that you can cut today that you more than likely have. By cutting back on these bills each month, you should be able to have money leftover so that you can throw it at all of your debt balances.

#1 Your cable bill: This is honestly a bill that you can get rid of 100%. If you have the Internet, kill the satellite or cable. Instead, subscribe to a Netflix package, where you can stream movies online, as well as TV shows. You can also watch all of your favorite shows on the main networks as well. This should easily save you at least $30-$100 a month.

#2 Your phone: If you have the iPhone or some crazy data plan that is setting you back $115 a month, you should really get rid of this. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a phone, but instead, think about getting a simple basic plan such as Walmart’s new plan called Common Cents Mobile where you’re charged per minute. This can save $50 - $100.

#3 Eating out: I loved eating at restaurants but I found with my family was that I was spending more than $25+ every time we ate out. Even if we ate at a fast food joint like McDonald’s, we were still spending a lot of money. Make it a habit to eat out maybe once a month and try to cook as many meals at home. Yes, while eating out isn’t really a bill, it can add up without you realizing it.

#4 Your utilities: When you’re not using a light, turn it off. Purchase a programmable thermostat and be sure to program it to use less air / heat when you’re not at home. For example, when I was at work, I would set the house down to 62 in the winter. I would have it boot up to 70 an hour before I got home. Then at night, I would set it back down to 62. I saw a huge different in my heating bills.

#5 Transportation: If you drive to and from work, see if you can car pool with someone. If you’re close enough, think about riding your bike, or even using public transportation. Another way to save is to do all your errands on one day, rather than spread out throughout the week.

When you save money on bills like these, you’re going to find that you can have a good chunk of change leftover. You will find that by eliminating bills like this, you can easily save $200 to even as much as $600! Try out these cost saving measures today and see how much you can save.

This is a guest post written by Liz Cutten. She contributes to FindSecuredCards, a secured credit card/debt blog helping consumers fight their way out of debt.

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