Being frugal has become a national obsession. Finding ways to save money has become a way of life for many people since the Great Recession of 2008.
While that recession is officially over, many Americans aren’t as optimistic and are still looking for ways to save money. Chances are you’ve implemented at least a few ways to save money each month, but there are many more out there that are worth trying — at least for a month.
Here are 11 ideas to save money each month. Try a few for a month, and if you can’t get them to stick, try a few others:
Save money by dumping your landline
1. Dump the landline. If you’ve already got a cellphone, why keep a landline phone? For better reception during an emergency? Yes, the dispatcher can generally see your address when you call 911 from a landline phone, and there could be some issues with a cellphone if the power is cut.
The average landline bill is $20 a month, which isn’t a huge sum to save when you consider your cellphone bill is probably close to $50 a month. But it’s a start if you don’t mind a short delay when calling 911 in an emergency, and even that’s questionable.