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Reducing the Budget

August 17th, 2009 at 09:47 am

I am working on cutting back our budget in order to accomodate the upcoming furlough as well as get us on a better footing in general. I just got off the phone with the cable company canceling the HD/DVR upgrade (we get standard cable as part of our rent) and renegotiating what we pay for our internet. In total that bill went from $58/month to $25. I figure we'd pay about $20-25 a month to get dial-up since we don't have a landline phone yet, so I'll just keep our faster cable internet at this renegotiated price (which has the taxes included) since I do make a little money through my online activities. It also helps tremendously with my couponing and saving money that way.

By the way, I spent $84 on food/household this weekend, but it would have been $316 without coupons. I was able to get what I needed, stock up on some items, get some free items to give to a friend in need and donate other freebies. Thank you coupons!!

4 Responses to “Reducing the Budget”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That's all good news. Keep looking for more ways to reduce your budget and it will all work out!

  2. MomEsq Says:

    Congrats on the success!

  3. Jerry Says:

    Even though the furlough is coming, at least the knowledge leads to the ability to prepare in advance for it. Do you lose insurance benefits during that time, as well? That would be an extra challenge for people...

  4. Personal Finance Student Says:

    Thanks and you're right, Jerry, the advance knowledge is great. Our insurance is not affected, thankfully. I hope that I have budgeted our take home correctly. We'll receive our "new" paycheck this next payday.

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