You may be overpaying on some items each month, such as your internet service or cell phone, without even realizing it.
Many consumers squander money each month on bills like this, according to money-saving expert Andrea Woroch, because they don’t check recurring charges for correctness.
Consumers may ignore high fees, extra services, or add-ons they don’t need if they don’t study these charges carefully, and they may miss out on bargains with a competitor that offers the same quality service for less.
Here are some of the most frequent expenses that people overpay, as well as how you can lower your monthly payments, ranging from cellular service to energy.
Data and Wireless Service
You can cut your cell phone carrier costs in several Samantha Hawrylack, the co-founder of How To FIRE, suggests looking over your cell phone plan. Check to see if you may downgrade to a less expensive alternative.
You can save a little more money each month by making a few easy tweaks to your plan or going in on a plan with family or friends.
Review your data consumption while you consider altering your plan, according to Woroch. Your monthly bill should include all of this information. Compare your data usage to the features of your plan.
If you’re not using as much data as you’re paying for, Woroch suggests downgrading to a lower-tiered plan.
Bill on Energy
The appliances and equipment you purchase, as well as how you use them, may have an impact on your overall energy use and expenses, according to the Department of Energy.
Unplugging unwanted goods, such as electronics, chargers, and small kitchen appliances that use energy even in “off” mode, according to Woroch, can help you save money on your energy bill.
“Use power strips in hard-to-reach spots, such as behind your entertainment system, to make it easy to power down those items,” Woroch advised. “You can even invest in smart WiFi, which allows you to control plugs and power strips from your phone.”
Policies of Insurance
You may have searched about for the best insurance rates when you originally purchased your car or home, but chances are you haven’t checked the price of your policy or compared rates since then, and you could be losing money.
Woroch suggests using a reputable insurance comparison site to conduct a quick comparison. This allows you to gather and compare quotes in one location and switch to a less expensive plan, saving you an estimated $34.71 each month on your insurance policy statement.
You can consider raising your deductible if you have the money in savings to do so, according to Woroch. Bundling services might also help you save money.
Are you paying your bank more than you’re saving? It’s feasible, especially when it comes to bank costs. A monthly service cost for checking accounts can range from $3 to $20 per month, and a monthly maintenance fee for savings accounts can range from $1 to $10 per month.
While this additional price is unlikely to make or break you, Woroch advises moving to a free checking account.
“Compare choices at local credit unions or move to an online bank that has lower costs and higher savings rates,” Woroch advised.
“Research other providers and plans to locate a less expensive internet service that still matches your demands,” Hawrylack advised. If your current internet provider offers any discounts or promotions that will allow you to save money, take advantage of them.
Membership in a gym
If your gym membership is becoming too pricey, there are several ways to save money. Look for discounts or promotions, and see if your business gives a gym discount, according to Hawrylack.
Those who don’t go to the gym regularly can cancel their membership to save money each month — or take advantage of the outdoors more if the weather is great.
Streaming service subscriptions are frequently marketed as a less expensive alternative to cutting the cord with a traditional cable or satellite TV package provider.
Multiple subscriptions to streaming services such as TV and music, as well as non-streaming subscriptions such as magazines and meal kit providers, can quickly add up.
If you think you’re paying too much for too many subscriptions, here’s what you can do. Audit your subscriptions by looking over your credit card and bank statements from the previous year, according to Woroch.
Make a list of each regular charge. Determine where you have subscriptions and how much you are spending in total. Then, take a look at what you and your family are now using.
What exactly do you require? What exactly do you not require? Cancel any extras you aren’t using or don’t need right now.
“Even a few dollars saved here and there for an unused photo editing tool or a canceled online newspaper subscription adds up!” Woroch remarked.
Woroch also suggests using the free streaming options offered by your local library’s digital platform. You can rent movies, TV shows, documentaries, and video games for free using this space.