I know for us to save money, we got rid of our land line phone since we hardly used it. We used our cell phone for almost all calls.
I made a list of our entertainment expenses. It was a lot. We have netflix, directv, hbo, XM radio and we go out to eat some times. I got rid of the HBO. We do have other forms of entertainment that we hardly use, like our Wii, so it’s not like we will be bored. Oh, I wanted to get rid of xmradio but when I called them they gave me an awesome deal. I was paying $20 a month for two radios, but they gave me a great deal of $10 a month for two radios. I couldn’t decline.
We almost practically cut out going out to eat, since it’s so much cheaper to eat at home. I started making my lunch instead of buying lunch.
I’m also going to call directv and tell them that our plan is getting to expensive (which it is) and see if they can lower our monthly payment.
I looked my home internet and saw that we were spending $60 a month on just internet. I’m considering getting rid of that and going to clearwire since it’s $30 a month and for 2 types of internet. (home and on the go internet)
Couponing is great, if you have about a few hours a week to organize and look through ads.
We signed up for Costco and I think it saved us a lot of money buying in bulk. Although, it can be expensive buying in bulk too, if you waste what you buy.
Oh, as for cell phones, try getting on a family plan. I’m on a family plan with me, my husband, my mom, my dad and my niece and we pay about $40 per person. Of course I have an iphone so add another $15 for the plan. When me and my husband were on a plan by ourselves, it was at least $60 per person plus our iphone data plan.
Just from what I mentioned, you can probably save at least $200 a month.
Congrats on your house, though. Very exciting!