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You all know I am right in the midst of a serious overturn of my finances. I wrote all about the beginning of budgeting and my grocery budget here. What about making room in the budget to have fun with your spouse or family? I think it’s important to make room for these things, and the best way is to find other bills or areas to cut back!
Here are 5 Ways to Budget in Summer Fun! If you can think of more, please be sure to leave them as a comment below!
- Cut the things you can live without.
- Negotiate the bills you can.
- Switch providers for a better deal.
- Reevaluate your budget for other things.
- Keep track of your spending closely.
Cut the things you can live without.
For me, it was beauty subscription boxes and cable. They just got the boot! I was purging money at the end of the day, and I didn’t even realize it until I put it all on paper! We traded cable for a few subscriptions we like for television and music, and it’s only $20 per month instead of the $50+ we would pay with cable!
As for beauty subscriptions, I thought they were so fun at first, but after years of having them, I realized that I was just accumulating a bunch of junk I didn’t need or use. I would rather buy a few products a year to try than continue to purchase things just to try! You can always go get samples at beauty stores, and they are FREE! No joke, there was once a time when I was spending every bit of $45 per MONTH on these boxes. They add up! Just say no, and put the money saved into an account for summer fun!
Negotiate the bills you can.
There is no shame in calling up companies to negotiate the prices you are paying. Sometimes, they will have updated rates that work in your benefit, and sometimes they will be willing to accommodate your requests to retain a long-time customer.
Whenever I tell my friends or family to do this, they always ask what to say. My advice is to just be honest. Here’s an example of what I’ve said when I call in:
“Hi, this is Brittney, and I am working on my budget currently. I’m realizing that I am over budget when it comes to (cable, phone payment, etc.) and I would like to see if there are other options in regard to getting my payment down.”
Most of the time, the honesty has worked, but if they are stubborn or insist there isn’t anything they can do, usually saying you are considering switching because ABC company offers a better deal will work! I like to use that as a second option, but it’s usually a sure-fire way to get them to negotiate.
Switch providers for a better deal.
This really goes along with the bill negotiation, but if you just can’t get the price to where you need it to be, SWITCH! For me, my cell phone bill is one I am always trying to lower. Luckily, Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile, offers a great option for a high data plan way less expensive than other providers on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network. My husband and I pay upwards of $150/month for another provider, but with Walmart Family Mobile, each of our phones cost $49.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE † then 2G*! It’s super easy to switch, and that $50 in savings adds up to some serious summer fun!
You have to remember that sometimes buying a phone itself can be the big expense. You can get awesome, affordable phones, like the Samsung LG L59 Grace, with the Walmart Family Mobile plan powered by T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network or you can even keep your own phone! Since there is no contract and clear service plan prices, you can just pick a phone. Pick a plan. Activate & Go.
Another perk (which provides FREE family fun) is with every monthly renewal, you will receive a free VUDU◊ movie rental credit valued at $7.00. Having a movie night is always a way to have a special night with your significant other or family, and it’s usually inexpensive. Just grab some snacks, your free VUDU◊ and camp out on the couch!
Reevaluate your budget for other things.
Admittedly, it’s hard to stop spending on things you’ve been so used to spending on. We recently drastically reduced our Restaurant budget from $250+ per month to only $40! This allows us one decent meal or a few quick meals. We don’t get alcohol when we go out on our budget, because it’s costly! We have been sticking to a $50/week budget for groceries, found a way to negotiate with friends and family to agree on small budget for gifts or no gifts at all!
All the money we are saving on unnecessary or tangible THINGS, we will be able to put toward a vacation for the future, summer home improvement, or putting into our FUN money account to have a bit of summer good times!
Keep track of your spending closely.
I am the first to admit that I like to go rogue and spend frivolously, thinking little of the consequences. I would spend and spend and not look at my accounts, because if I didn’t look, nothing was wrong, right?! Wrong. It all adds up. Now, I’ve got a spreadsheet that tracks every penny going in, coming out, being saved, etc. It’s been tremendously helpful to check and update daily, and I promise you, it will help save money too!
I made my spreadsheet for free using Google Sheets, which is super easy to use. Let me know if you’d like a sample of my budget and I can share it with you!
*Please always refer to the latest terms and conditions at myfamilymobile.com. (The ‘*’ should only be applied after ‘2G’)
†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM Card. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
Disclaimer: ◊Limited time offer. Available for lines active with the PLUS $49.88 plan only. VUDU enabled device and account required for digital viewing. Customers must be 18 years or older to open a VUDU account. Movie rental only available in the USA. Free movie rental provided in the form of a movie rental code to the value of a $7.00 VUDU credit. Movie rental code allows for selection from available movies for rent. May not be readily redeemable on all new releases. Code will be delivered within up to 24 hours of the effective account renewal date. Must be used within 30 days of receiving code. Offer is non-transferable. Limit 1 per customer. Additional terms and conditions on VUDU’s website: http://www.vudu.com/
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this page or your local Walmart for current pricing.