It is important to have a thorough and close look at your spending in order to cut down your expenses. This will help you to have an idea that what is necessary and what are the things you can manage without. Remember, you have to consider even small items that can mount up your expenses. For instance, if you daily take a coffee for £1.20 on your way to work, it will cost you about £24 per month. These small things can cost you a lot.
It is important to add up the cost of all the things such as newspaper, snacks, coffee, bus or taxi fares, drinks, sweets and so on, you buy over a month. This will give you a better idea of your expenses on these things. Your aim should be to identify the things which you need and those which you don’t need.
The Replacement Technique
It is not always possible to cut down all the things which are not of sole importance. There are things that you buy for pleasure or happiness and can’t afford to cut them. There this replacement technique works better for you. The replacement techniques suggest you to look for cheaper alternatives for your things instead of cutting them down from the budget.
Let us start from a newspaper. People read newspaper for different reasons. Some read it for current affairs news, some for stock market or shares news, some for sports and some for entertainment. There are alternatives available to keep yourself up-to-date with latest news. For instance, if you want to know about shares, you can check them free on the Teletext or Ceefax pages on television. If you have a computer, you can get the news about stock market from many different websites such as Moneyextra.com/stocks or on Financial Times’ website, i.e. http://news.ft.com/yourmoney.
You can also read newspaper online as all the major newspapers have their own websites such as The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk), The Independent (www.independent.co.uk) and The Times (www.thetimes.co.uk).
You can also visit some local library if you don’t have access to the internet. Almost all the libraries get their copy of daily newspapers. They will not cost you anything for reading a newspaper there.
You can also save a lot from form daily morning coffee. Instead of buying it daily, it is better to invest in a vacuum flask. Make coffee at home and take it with you. This will save you a lot of cash which you can spend on anything useful.
Similarly, you can save a lot on snacks and lunches. You will be surprised to know that it will cost you hundred of pounds on these snacks and lunches. It is better to spend few pounds on a loaf of bread and two and three different sandwich fillings with a bulk pack of assorted sweets or crisps than spending in a café shop. You can make your lunch at lunchtime and if you have a microwave oven at your work place that will be a great bonus for you.
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