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Tips To Help You Save Money On Your Outgoings

Aug 30, 2008
Most people have seen their monthly outgoings rise over recent months, and this is due to factors such as rising living costs, hiked up bills, soaring petrol prices, rocketing food prices, and much more. It is little wonder, therefore, that so many households are now struggling to keep up with their financial responsibilities, as the outgoings for many have soared to the point where they no longer have enough money coming to make ends meet.

Many people have tried to shave their outgoings wherever possible, but it is not all that easy, especially if you were already on a tight budget and do not have any luxuries that you can cut back on. However, it is still worth looking at ways in which you may be able to save money on the amount that you are paying out, and there are a number of ways that you may be able to do this, although some may require some willpower and determination!

For example, you could make a resolute pact with yourself to give up smoking, and whilst any smoker know that this is not an easy task just think of the amount of money that is literally going up in smoke from your pocket each week. The amount of money that many smokers spend on cigarettes is phenomenal, not to mention the damage to their health. What better time to give up than when you desperately need to save money on your outgoings and as well as saving money you may even be saving your own life!

It is also worth considering the cost of drinking and eating out, and whilst we all need to get out from time to time, it may be worth considering a few more nights in, with your friends around for a bite to eat and a few drinks, which is a lot cheaper than having to pay for meals and drinks out. If you are a regular cinemagoer, look into renting out some DVDs instead, as this could save you money, especially if you tend to go in a group you can all watch a DVD for one price rather than having to pay individually to go and see the movie at the pictures.

Whilst there are a number of ways in which you can cut back on your outgoings there is also you income to consider. You could look at trying to increase your income if possible perhaps by getting a second job or even utilising skills such as your ability to play a musical instrument or carry out computer repairs by turning it into a sideline opportunity providing lessons for others in playing the instrument or advertising for computer repair work in local shops and papers. A little extra income may help you to make ends meet that little bit more easily, or could enable you to put some money aside for emergencies.
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Peter Kenny has been writing financial articles for 10 years and is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Personal Loans and Saving Accounts
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