This stay at home time, we have made changes to our routine. Bills are still coming in and some are higher, but income stayed the same or was even reduced. Something had to change.
For our electric bill that went up (even more now with summer air conditioning), we unplugged. Think shutting the strips on the TV ‘s when not in use, unplugging the computers and printers when not is use, unplugging the kitchen appliances, and more. By doing this we have reduce our bill by about $15 a month. AARP has an article on lowering your electric bill during summer.
Previously, we have reduced our cable bill, by reducing it to basic TV service and internet. Now we add whatever paid service that works for us – and only one at a time. We have smart TV’s and can access programming through the internet apps that are free. We use our local library’s digital collection for free. Right now, we are using Sling TV for other channels. In total, we spend about $110 a month total, by reducing the cord. Hopefully, one day we can totally cut the cord!
We have also not renewed most magazine subscriptions and cancelled memberships. For our warehouse club, I had to go into our profile and uncheck automatic renewal. If you do this, remember to check that you are not being automatically being changed when you shouldn’t be.