This is the fourth post in the monthly series titled Simple Budgeting. Check the left sidebar for the links to the posts in this series!
So the topic for this month is “Spring Cleaning“. If you wrote out all of your bills like I suggested in January’s post, did anything surprise you?
Do you pay more for your cell phone than you thought?
Do some of your bills vary in charges month to month and you haven’t paid attention in the past?
Do some of your bills have “fees” associated with them?
Every few months is it a good idea to go through your bills and make sure you are paying for what you need and not just what you are being charged.
Short term offers might have been added to your plans or accounts at full price.
New fees might have shown up on a bill that weren’t there before.
Rates might have changed without you noticing that letter in small print that came in the mail.
Also, it might be time to “shop around” for new services too! Maybe your contract times are up, if not, check and see when they are. Remember how I saved $48/year by changing trash pick up companies? That was all “fees” on our trash bill. The new company we use has no fees! That might not seem like much but it adds up! I recently read where someone calls their satellite company and asks for the new customer specials. Why not? She said she gets them. She is a good customer and they want to keep her. It never hurts to ask, right?!
So take a look at your bill list … or go here and learn how to make one … and see what you can spring clean out of your bills!
If you take time to do this, leave me a comment and let me know. I love feedback.
Also if you have a budget tip of your own, question, scenario, etc., you would like to see in my monthly post, leave me a comment or send me an email at simplybudgeted at gmail dot com! I LOVE hearing from you!