Reducing Your Budget, Increasing Your Income: Here’s How To Do It

Many people have a fixed income each month and this can offer real stability for many families. But what you also might find is that people have a set amount that leaves their bank each month to pay for bills and general living expenses, and you find that what is left isn’t as much as you’d like it to be. Sound familiar? The truth is that we can all become a little lazy with payments, and just let those debits roll out of the bank each month. However, you could be missing a trick and there can often be some great savings to be made, therefore boosting your disposable income. Here’s how to grab a piece of the action yourself.

Look at the insurance products you have

Lots of us have necessary insurance policies in place such as contents and buildings, car, and life insurance. All play a part in helping to protect us financially, but could you be getting a better deal? Each year you get the opportunity to change insurance providers, but how often do we actually do it? Not as often as we should.

It’s easy to do a quick search online to find cheap car insurance quotes or even to change providers for things like buildings and contents. Furthermore, doing this can actually help to save you a fair bit each month. People think it can be a lot of hassle but many companies take care of all the hard work for you.

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Switch your energy provider

Your energy bill can be a big expense each month, and as it can feel like a hassle to change, not many people leave their current providers. The problem with that is, you are likely to not be getting the best deal. Many companies save their best rates for new customers, so switching to another provider could mean you get the benefit of a cheaper premium. Again, all companies handle the change over for you so it is far more simpler to do than you realize. Doing this every so often can help to ensure you always pay the cheapest prices.

Really analyze your bank statements

When was the last time you scrutinized your bank statements? Probably not for a while. But doing this can help you to make savings you never thought you had possible. You may be surprised to read that a lot of people don’t realize they are still paying for subscriptions and services because they failed to cancel the direct debit. You could find a heck of a lot of potential savings lurking in your monthly statement. You just need the time to analyse them.

Meal plan to reduce the biggest bill of all

Finally, the biggest bill of all each week is your food bill. After a mortgage or rent payment, of course. So while you may feel like this can’t be reduced there are changes in your habits to help bring the price and spend down. Meal planning can be an excellent way to only buy what you need each week, and even changing the shop can offer bigger savings. Many people can feel brand loyal but trying out supermarket alternatives could prove a saving worth keeping.

Jesse Fin
 

Jesse worked as a journalist for a large tv station in Korea in her past life. She now works full time at home as a blogger and loves to help her friends manage their personal budgets.

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