10 tips to save money on monthly expenses

Feb 14, 2019 | Live, Only Berlin

Momi Shares Tips to Save Money on Monthly Expenses

10 tips to save money on monthly expenses

We’ve all been to that dreaded point: petsa de peligro. There is nothing quite like the pinch of having to stretch out those last few pesos until the next paycheck comes in. It need not be this way month after month. With the help of a few nifty tips, you can cut down on your regular expenses without cramping your lifestyle.

Record your expenses

This first step is necessary to know exactly what you are spending on. Also, it is an excellent way to track down what makes up the most significant bulk of the expenditure. Recording expenses is also a good practice to continually keep an eye on your budget and find out what else to cut down on.

Check your cell phone and data plans

Although post-paid and data plans may be convenient, sometimes you do not actually utilize all the minutes or data provided. If it turns out that your data or post-paid credits consumption is less than what your plan offers, consider switching to a program with a lower monthly rate.

Unplug your devices

Leaving appliances and especially chargers plugged in for longer than necessary can sneakily add to your electric bill. To help shave off a few pesos, unplug devices not being used, or use a power strip that allows you to turn off the current quickly.

Bring your lunch

10 tips to save money on monthly expenses

10 tips to save money on monthly expenses

Those lunches and dinners out, or even runs to the convenience store for snacks can gradually put a dent into your budget without your knowing it! Although it is okay from time to time to lunch out or order in at work, making your lunch on most days helps cut on costs. It is also healthier too since you can tweak the menu to your dietary needs.

Install LED or energy efficient lighting

If you still use incandescent bulbs or even fluorescent lights, you might be spending more on electric bills than you think. Installing LEDs or other energy saving light fixtures may seem expensive initially, but the return of investment in lower bills is worthwhile.

Walk

This healthy and simple step can save you both time and money. Walking for short distances can help you save both time and gas money. For longer distances, consider carpooling or taking public transportation.

Buy non-perishable groceries in bulk

The usual tendency to buy in “small” or “tingi” packs adds up in terms of costs and waste. For soaps, detergents, canned goods, and other non-perishable items, buying in bulk helps reduce costs per item, as well as reduces time and money spent going to the store to stock up.

Check your brands

For most foodstuffs and household items, it may not be necessary to always spring for the high-end brands. Often, “generic” or lower-priced brands work just as well, but with the added benefit of being rated lower. Any differences may be subtle, detectable only by the extreme connoisseurs or the overly finicky. Unless the item is one-of-a-kind, there is usually a less expensive brand available on the market.

Consider online shopping

Nowadays it is possible to get nearly anything online, from food, clothes, and electronics to name a few. The delivery fees for many of these online shopping services may come out to less than the additional costs of a shopping trip: gas, parking, food, and other incidentals. For as long as you carefully inspect and track your purchases, online shopping is an excellent way to cut costs even for weekly groceries and other necessities.

10 tips to save money on monthly expenses

10 tips to save money on monthly expenses

Review your subscriptions

Sometimes old subscriptions may drain your budget sneakily. Do you still really read those magazines, or can you get them online? Do you still watch cable TV, or are you better off using streaming services? Canceling those infrequently used services may allow you to spring for something better or give you more to add to your savings.

Save money on monthly expenses

It is possible to save up a great deal every month without reducing your diet to bread and water or having to rely on candlelight once the sun goes down. We hope these tips will help you cut expenses and even banish those pre-payday blues!

4 Comments

  1. Chin Enriquez

    Thanks sa list na toh momi Berlin.. dito ako nadadale sa cellphone and data plans. Parang mas tipid ata talaga pag wifi nalang.

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  2. Camille Crudo

    Very HELPFUL talaga ng mga TIPS mo momi berlin! lalo nowadays na talagang mahal ang bilihin, mataas ang singil sa kuryente at tubig. Everything should be in good and organized way lalo sa pagspend ng monthly money or budget ng ating family. Specially aq na mommy ang naghahawak ng atm ng asawa q. Aq nagbubudget sa lahat ng gastusin nmin sa bahay. I have this notebook where i put all expenses. Haha. Parang pautang lang dating. Hihi. I also change my lights to LED na laking tipid talaga. Dahil housewife aq lahat ng tips niyo malaking help! ill try online shopping this time. ❤

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  3. pchipeach

    Minsan sa pag oonline shopping aq nappgastos. di q mapigilan kasi sarili. hahahaha.. kya minsan pagkasahod ni hubby ginagawa q hinuhulog q na sa alkansya ung ibang xtra para mkaiwas nko sa online..

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  4. Chin Enriquez

    Same here pichi hahahaha sa online shopping ako napapagastos eh hahaha tho malaki talaga ang discounts.. gastos parin.

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