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Inflation on the Rise: Ways to Cut Costs

For the most part, the pandemic is in the past. Small shops and larger venues in Venice are open for business. However, the economy is not as strong as it was just a few years earlier. The good news is that even with costs rising across the board, there are ways to reduce your expenses.

Importance of a Good Credit Score

A large percentage of the workforce saw their wages diminish over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, as a result, what often happens is late or missed payments. It only takes one or two marks on a credit report to reduce your score. Improving your score sooner instead of later is cost-effective. The higher your score, the lower the interest rate for a loan and the easier it is to get an approval from a traditional bank. 

Eliminating Wasteful Spending

With inflation reaching a forty-year high, cutting back or completely eliminating non-essentials is something to consider. Office-related expenses such as coffee on the way to work and buying lunch daily are quick fixes that won’t affect your quality of life. They may provide a small inconvenience, but you’ll enjoy the results in the end. If you can’t browse retail stores without buying, simply don’t do it. Now is not the time to be irresponsible. 

Hire Locals

In tough financial times, it’s nice to think about the local businesses. Just ask yourself what the benefits are to finding painters near me. First, they’re local. Second, you’ll improve their chances of remaining open and third, you’ll help a neighbor through difficult circumstances. If you’re going to spend money anyway, it’s a win across the board. 

Lower Debt

Financial times are difficult for many people in the Venice, CA area. One way to offset high inflation is to reduce your debt. This will free up money to cover the added costs of gas, food and other essentials. If you own a home and have equity, refinancing could be a great option for you. If you don’t own one or don’t have equity, there are other ways to reduce your debt. A retirement fund such as a 401K is something you can borrow from if fully vested. If your debt is primarily credit cards, apply for an interest-free one for a year or two and allow a balance transfer

Check Your Bills

Most people simply pay their bills each month without giving them any real thought. Unfortunately, if this is your practice, you’re most likely paying too much. Cable and cell phone service providers are common expenses that people tend to overpay. When was the last time you actually reviewed the bills? There are many fees and sometimes errors that go unnoticed. Review each statement carefully and find ways to reduce them. Contact your cable company and switch to another plan if you have numerous channels that you never use. The same goes for your cell phone. If you have leftover data, you may be paying for more than you need. 

Bundle Services

You have the option of bundling several of your monthly bills. For instance, some companies offer cable, cell and internet services for a fraction of purchasing them through two or three separate carriers. The same goes for insurance. Bundling your home and auto can save you hundreds of dollars a year. 

Unavoidable Expenses

Things like food and gas are unavoidable expenses. However, it doesn’t mean that you need to pay full price. Before heading to the supermarket, check the local supermarket flyers to see who’s offering the best prices on the items you need. With regard to gas, not all stations charge the same price. Check around to pay less per gallon. Additionally, make a list of your errands and dedicate one day to complete them to consume less fuel. 

Many people have suffered financially over the past several years. During these difficult times, you need to reduce your expenses as much as possible to maintain a good quality of life. 

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