Periodically we take the time to re-evaluate our monthly expenses.
Do we really need internet access? Oh yeah.
Do we have to get haircuts every 6 weeks? Nah, we can stretch it to 10.
Do we really need our cell phones? ummm....
Honestly, I thought that was a need. I mean, how could I live without my cell phone? But the more we thought about it and remembered the days before we had cell phones, we realized that they weren't really a need after all. So we called and cancelled and immediately knocked $100 of our monthly budget.
Oh the withdrawals.
I had to actually plan better. When I left a kid home to babysit the others I had to make sure and leave the phone number of where I was at if they needed me. How archaic. When I wondered what time my husband was going to be home for dinner, I had to actually just wait to find out. And when I needed to find someones house, I had to actually make sure I had a google map before I left the house instead of just relying on the ability to give them a call if I got lost.
Oh the horror.
But guess what? It's been several months now and I've managed to survive. Modern technology isn't near as much of a need as I once thought it was.
Now, I'm not saying all this to convince you to get rid of your cell phones. But what I am hoping you'll see is this....
Sometimes our needs are really just wants.
If you're serious about cutting costs and living on less, then be willing to experiment and see what you truly need. I'm willing to bet that we all have some things in our budgets that would only take a minor adjustment to do without but a major savings of our resources.