1. Calculate your presence. This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes we need a reminder as it's easy to slip into autopilot. For example, how much data do you use on average on your cell phone plan? Are you paying for a data plan that is way too big? If so, reducing the data plan to better reflect your usage could easily save you an extra $100 annually.
2. When you are done calculating what you use, identify trends and plan ahead. So, how often do you really buy a giant package of toilet paper? How about toys for your favorite pet? We recently tried out an online grocery service (Boxed.com) for some of those non essential grocery essentials. If you know what you need and how often you need it, such services may be a great fit as a way to save money and more importantly saves hassle. If you are interested in trying Boxed.com, feel free to use our discount referral link and save yourself $15.
3. Find ways to enjoy yourself in the process. Part of real financial freedom is accounting for a little bit of fun. No one likes to think that they can't kick back every now and again. Instead, as you are planning all of the other areas of your life, be realistic in setting a goal for yourself which allows you a little bit of wiggle room. For example, we love the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Knowing this, we also know that at times there are discounted carnival tickets and food. We plan on having some fun this March and you are welcome to join us as well.