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5 Unnecessary expenses you can let go today

By Tara Cabullo, Brighterlife.com.ph

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Striped-Pencils-BLIt seems that a very good exercise in determining what we can live without is the act of moving homes. Earlier this year, three members of the Brighter Life editorial team have moved into new homes for various reasons. As we built our lives from scratch, cardboard boxes and updating our mailing address with various utilities, we discover the things we can live without.

1. Scented garbage bags. When I moved to my home now, I had made a quick trip to ACE Hardware to stock up on cleaning room essentials. After nabbing a clear dustpan, a broom, a mop, and a pail, I saw a roll of lemon-scented garbage bags and threw it into my shopping cart. Five months after, I still haven’t used it and have been using bags from groceries instead.

Bright tip: Always come to the hardware {or any store} prepared with a list and stick to it.

2. Overstuffed Pantry. The BL Editorial team is guilty of this: We don’t like an empty cupboard and an empty fridge. This is why we tend to buy more at the supermarket for fear of going hungry until the next grocery trip.

Bright Tip: Plan out your meals and list down the shelf lives of the vegetables, fruits and consumables you intend to buy. This way, you can avoid buying stuff that would just expire soon. Ed’s tip: Avoid walking along all aisles of the supermarket to refrain from buying food you don’t need.

3. Mobile Phone Bill / Landline. One of the things I realized I didn’t need was my landline phone. In my previous home, I stuck with my landline phone because for so many years, I had one. When I moved, I didn’t have it re-connected and didn’t notice the difference. At the same time, I recently evaluated my mobile phone bill and discovered that I didn’t need a PHP 1,800 plan so I downgraded it.

Bright Tip: Evaluate your subscriptions. Most telecom providers these days offer flexible plans, which suit various needs.

4. Cable TV. A big difference between millenials and everyone who came ahead of that generation is that we are no big cable-lovers.

Bright Tip: Evaluate your cable use and if you find yourself not using it half the time, it’s time to say bye to your subscription.

5. Gym memberships. Fitness is a great value but can be quite expensive if you don’t maximize your membership.

Bright tip: Take note of how frequent you go to your gym. If it’s less than 10 times a month, it might be time to give it up and just opt to run around your neighborhood instead, when you can. If your condominium has a gym facility, you can use that for free instead.
Surely, you’ve got others in mind when it comes to unnecessary spending. Do share your bright ideas in the comments section.

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jillsabs on

Having a small house will also force you to reassess your accumulated stuff. So now I’ve streamlined my makeup stash to 2 foundations, 2 blushes, 3 lipsticks, 1 loose powder and gave away or threw out the rest. Same with clothes, I really only use the same things over and over again or stick to the same styles, and life has been so much easier when I weeded out my closet of my “I might still use this again in the future” and “But this was a gift!” items. Clutter is stressful!

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An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I think that you need to write more about this topic, it
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