As we get settled in a particular lifestyle, we often adopt expensive habits that cost us more and more each month. Eating out once a month becomes a weekly event, and soon it morphs into something we do every other day.
Although we may move into an apartment with the best of intentions regarding saving money and engaging in responsible spending, it’s far too easy to adopt poor habits that increase our budgets over time.
If it’s been months or years since you’ve taken a close look at your budget, here are a few tips to get you started in reducing your monthly budget at your Albuquerque apartment.
Get Your Bills & Make Some Phone Calls
Virtually every bill you receive in the mail each month is negotiable in one way or another. Your cable company (or satellite television company) wants to retain you as a customer, so they’ll give you discounts when you express concern about the price of your bill. Those discounts will usually be temporary, so a call every few months can keep those discounts active.
Similarly, bills for services like car insurance are costs that you can change by examining your current coverage. For example, you might have needed full coverage for your vehicle when it was new, but you could consider dropping coverage on your vehicle and simply retaining the medical coverage associated with your car insurance.
If you have a thousand dollar deductible and you’re driving around a “beater” that’s only worth a few grand at most you probably don’t need to pay hundreds of extra dollars each year to insure the car. An accident that totaled the vehicle would likely lead to a purchase of another car anyway.
Trade Your Wasteful Habits for Budget-Friendly Habits
Some vices aren’t really that bad when you think about the simple joy they offer. One piece of financial advice often suggests you should give up your daily cup of coffee in favor of investing the money. However, going without that delicious cup each morning for the next forty years so you can have a few extra thousand dollars at retirement isn’t the most logical way to save money.
Instead, you can make small changes throughout the month that can add up to a fairly impressive amount of savings. Perhaps you can purchase a single-serve coffee machine and use it once or twice a week instead of completely giving up your coffee habit. Maybe you can switch from driving every day to work to commuting by bicycle once or twice a week to save on gas.
One of the keys to a successful and happy existence in your Albuquerque apartment is finding a balance between enjoying your time and acting responsibly with your habits and expenditures. Don’t give up something you really enjoy just to save a few dollars. Rather, examine how you spend your money each month and make a few targeted changes that will add up to appreciable savings in the long run.
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As a vibrant and growing city, Albuquerque offers so many advantages to its residents. Whether you’re moving to Albuquerque for school, relocating to the city for work, or moving within town, you’ll want to consider The Landmark as your next home. Contact us today to learn more about our apartment community and to set up a visit.