Drastically reducing your daily expenses is one proven way to help your paychecks go further in today’s economy in Waseca, MN. However, if you’ve slashed your daily and monthly expenses to the bare bone but your debt load dictates that you still need to declare bankruptcy, the non-judgmental and knowledgeable team at Behm Law Group, Ltd. can assist you with all facets of your decision to file.
If you’re stumped about ways to save, here are four ideas you can use to help cut your monthly bills by several hundreds of dollars, according to a recent issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. Taking any or all of the following steps could help you lower your debt, increase your cash flow, and eliminate the need to file for bankruptcy:
Save on groceries. A family of four spends up to $1,284 a month on food at home, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to stock up on sale items that are nonperishable or that can be frozen. Once you have a stockpile, you can plan weekly meals around what you have and perishable items on sale at the supermarket. Clipping coupons and shopping during double-coupon days and eliminating restaurant trips are other ways to save.
Eliminate your landline. Growing numbers of households are ditching their landline telephone service and relying strictly on wireless service. According to the U.S. Depart of Labor Consumer Expenditure Survey, consumers spent an average of $353 per year on residential phone services in 2014. Eliminating your landline could put an extra $25 to $30 in your pocket each month.
Cut the cost of wireless service. If you are not locked into a contract with a service provider, you might be able to lower your monthly bill by switching to a smaller carrier that offers more competitive pricing than major carriers. If you don’t want to switch to a smaller carrier that might have a limited coverage area, you still might be able to lower your monthly bill with a major carrier by exploring plans with lower data allotments. Long-time customers can sometimes trim their bills with a call to the service provider’s loyalty department.
Cut or trim the cable cord. The Leichtman Research Group reports that the monthly spending on pay-TV is nearly $100 per month, a 40% increase since 2010. Cutting your cable cord could create savings that would add up quickly. If you’re not ready to give up on cable TV, you could lower your bill by opting for the most basic package.
If taking the above steps still doesn’t leave enough room in your budget, give Behm Law Group, Ltd. a call at (507) 387-7200 a call to discuss your bankruptcy options. We’re standing by to assist you!