Let’s face it. Sometimes we realize we’re spending more money than we should be.
At other times we’re forced to cut our budget due to factors outside of our control.
Rather than not cutting back and racking up credit card debt, I’m sharing 9 ways you can cut $100 from your monthly budget should you ever have to make that decision.
Cut Back on Dining Out
Cutting back on dining out is an easy way to save money in the short term.
Cooking food at home can be much, much cheaper than paying someone else to cook food for you, serve it to you and clean up after you.
If you need to find $100 a month quickly, reduce your dining out budget to save some money fast.
Use Up Your Pantry
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of food sitting in my pantry that has been in there for a while but is still good. Take all of that food that you never eat and make a meal plan out of it.
By doing this, you can reduce your grocery spending that month while you use up all of the groceries you already have but forgot about.
Downgrade Groceries For A Month
If you don’t have a fully stocked pantry to raid, you can still save money on your grocery bill. Simply downgrade from some of the more luxurious items you normally buy and get staples like rice and beans instead.
You might be surprised at how much money you can save by eating a more simple diet for a month.
Of course, you need to make sure you still buy healthy food and not junk food. Otherwise, you’ll hurt your health which will cost you more in the long run.
Cut the Cable Cord
While this would be one of the last things to get cut from our budget, cutting the cable cord is a fast and effective way to save up to $100 a month when the budget is tight.
Just make sure you won’t be spending more money paying to entertain yourself in other ways because the cable is no longer an entertainment option.
Of course, a lot of cable TV content can be seen online these days. A cheap Netflix subscription should be able to hold you over until you can activate your cable again.
Switch Your Cell Phone Provider
Switching cell phone providers is one of the most effective ways to consistently save $100 a month.
If you have more than one cell phone line in your household, consider switching to a company like Republic Wireless that gives you unlimited calls and texts for just $15 a month.
Alternatively, you could switch to Ting that only charges you for the minutes, text and data you actually use.
If you want to save even more money, give up your expensive Samsung or Apple smartphone habit. The next time you need to buy a smartphone, buy a much cheaper but quality phone at the best place to buy smartphones.
Quit Saving For Vacation
If you’re like me, you put aside a set amount of money out of every paycheck to pay for your next vacation.
Unfortunately, when money is tight, this is often one of the first things to get cut from our budget.
After all, if I can’t afford my bills, what business do I have taking a vacation?!
Keep Your Car Longer
After you pay off your car loan, you can easily save well over $100 a month. Continue to drive your car rather than going out and buying a new car as soon as you pay off your loan.
In fact, check out this post that describes exactly how you can use this tip to never have a car payment again.
Earn More Money
While cutting money from your budget is one option, earning more money will provide the same effect. Remember, when you earn more money you need to earn more than $100 to account for the taxes you must pay on the additional earnings.
Picking up an extra shift or a part-time job could easily earn you the money you would need to add $100 a month to your budget.
Selling things around your house that you no longer need or use is another great way to make a quick $100.
A couple of big items or many small items could easily add up to $100. Better yet, have a garage sale and clear out a ton of space and earn money at the same time.
Hopefully, you found at least one or two things on this list that will help you cut $100 from your budget when you need a quick fix. However, I’m always curious to hear what you would do to cut $100 from your budget. Let me know in the comments below!
Lance Cothern, CPA holds a CPA license in Indiana. He’s a personal finance, debt and credit expert that writes professionally for top-tier publications including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Investopedia, Credit Karma, Business Insider and more.
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Lance is the founder of Money Manifesto. He started writing about money and helping people solve their financial problems in 2012. You can read more about him and find links to his other work and media mentions here.