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Uncategorized  /  January 30, 2022

How to Reduce Your Household Expenses in 4 Ways

Americans have recent had to tighten their belts and make more room in their budget, thanks to changes caused by the pandemic.

According to a 2021 study, the average household in the United States has to shell out at least $63,784 in a single year, not including large expenses like vacations and medical emergencies. This works out to approximately, $5,300 per month. This is not a trivial amount to most people and you can find yourself deep in the red just trying to keep up with payments.

If you or your household need to straighten out your finances, below are a handful of tips you can use to reduce your expenses and get you out of the red.

  1. Reduce Energy Consumption

Utility bills for gas, water and electricity constitute a huge part of a household’s expenses. Approximately 11 percent of your annual budget will go towards paying for these essential services. However, you could be using far more electricity than you need to.

If you have any old appliances, they may not be very energy efficient and suck up more electricity than they should be. Or you can be leaving appliances and lights on when they aren’t in use and this can also be a source of energy bill increases.

But if you truly want to reduce your dependence on the energy grid and even make some money on the side, you can turn to commercial solar panels. These panels can collect electricity from the sun to power your house and you could even sell back excess energy to the power company.

2. Set a Budget

Don’t fall into the common bad financial mindset that you don’t need any formal organization for your expenses and earnings. Without an organized method of tracking your income and your expenses you could end up falling behind on bill payments or even overextending your resources. This is why it is absolutely important for a household to have a budget. Setting a budget should be the first thing you do if you want to get out of a financial mess.

The basics involve listing all your income streams, whether form jobs or other gigs, and cataloguing your monthly expenses alongside them. This will allow you to see where you need to spend less on and how much you need to make if you don’t want to slide into debt. Setting a budget is meaningless if you don’t intend on following it. Try to stick to the expenses listed on your budget at all times to prevent recalculating it at a later date.

3. Commute More Often

The price of gas has risen to truly expensive proportions in the past years. In 2021 alone, the price of gas rose from $2.18 to $3.27. This inflation can be felt by everyone but motorists will notice that they will spend more money just fueling up their vehicles. Although you should maintain your vehicle, you could defer the cost of gasoline by using alternative means of transportation.

If you are just going to a nearby location, take the bus instead of driving your car. If you’re only buying something small, you don’t need the car to lug it back. You could try walking to the store or going by the bus instead.

You could be surprised how much money you’ll be saving by leaving the car in the garage. It may not be necessary to worry about paying for gas, parking or incurring fines

4. Cook Your Own Food

When you’re tired from work or you simply have no time to do so, it’s understandable to rely on takeout menu and getting your food delivered to your doorstep. But even the most ardent supporter of takeout food has to admit it’s significantly more expensive to do so.

Americans tend to spend approximately $1,200 on fast food delivery alone in a given year. This is because aside from the price of the ingredients, you’re also shouldering the operating cost of the restaurant and the expense of the delivery. This is why you should try cooking your own food.

Fresh ingredients cost less than cooked meals and you can buy more for your buck in the supermarket than in a menu. If you don’t have the time to cook for yourself or your family every night, cook all of your meals in advance. Select a weekend night where you can pre-prepare your food and pack them safely in the refrigerator, ready for reheating.

Budgeting for a household is no mean feat and you will need to make a lot of sacrifices along the way. But with clever management and determination, you can make it through the year with intact finances and a secure future.

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