As the economy continues its slow recovery, Americans are looking for quick ways to cut their expenses and hold on to more cash.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to chop your spending without a lot of time or hassle. Some of these cuts will save you just a few dollars, while others can net even bigger savings.
Add them all up, and you could trim your annual expenses by hundreds of dollars or more.
Following are five areas where you can cut your bills fast.
5 areas to slash your bills
- Energy and car gas
- Food and groceries
- Banking and credit
- Car insurance
1. Energy and car gas
Energy costs are boiling over.
Fortunately, some relatively cheap fixes are available, and many begin in the home.
For example, weatherstripping, or caulking doors and sealing windows, can keep out cold and heat, lowering your heating and cooling bills.
"Every little step helps, and if you can't afford new windows or storm windows, plastic film kits aren't a bad alternative," says Ronnie Kweller, deputy director of communications at the Alliance to Save Energy.
Other tips for cutting home energy costs include: