As inflation edges closer to double digits, plenty of people are trimming their budgets. In theory, that’s a good strategy: Living below your means is crucial to long-term financial health.
In practice, though? It’s pretty depressing to cut the things that make your life happier and more comfortable. In fact, it could even be counterproductive: Take away too many things, and you might go hog-wild with the credit card because, darn it, you work hard and you deserve a little fun!
What if we told you there’s a better way? That you don’t have to cancel everything?
There is a better way: Finding solutions to the costly things. Here are easy ways to turn budget liabilities into more money toward your long-term financial goals — and, yes, toward a more balanced lifestyle in the here and now.
1. Cancel your car insurance
The sad fact is, you could be losing up to $440 a year on car insurance. While you may think that all the prices out there are about the same, they’re not. A website called The Zebra will tell you if you’re overpaying, in less time than it takes to toast an English muffin.
The Zebra is one of the largest online marketplaces for insurance in the United States. Take a few minutes to answer some questions about yourself and your driving record, and The Zebra will compare the top options from more than 200 insurance providers, getting you the best deal possible.
In just a few minutes, you could save up to $440 a year. It’s free to check online. No credit card, no phone calls, no hassle.
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2. Cancel high-interest credit card debt
Credit card debt ballooning faster than you can pay it off? You’re not alone. Between the years 2018 and 2020, U.S. consumers paid out approximately $120 billion per year in credit card fees and interest.
On average, that’s about $1,000 per household! Think of what you could have done with those dollars. Stop throwing away all that interest money, with help from Freedom Financial Network.
Freedom Financial Network can pull you out of the financial quicksand. One of the ways that they do that is through debt consolidation, which means combining all of your debt into a single loan. (With a single monthly payment, which is a plus for those with multiple cards: No more missed-payment late fees.)
You won’t have to pay anything upfront to sign on with Freedom Financial Network. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, so you have nothing to lose — except your debt.
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3. Cancel home repairs that drain your savings
Homeowners insurance doesn’t cover everything in your home. If a tree falls on your central air conditioning condenser unit, the damage might be covered. But if the condenser breaks down? You’re on your own.
Repairs to appliances and to heating, plumbing and electrical systems are costly — especially if you wind up with a shady repair company that gouges you. After all, how many of us know what an air conditioner condenser repair should cost? Don’t worry, though: Select Home Warranty has your back.
The company has three options for covering appliances and home systems. If something goes wrong, simply call Select Home Warranty, day or night. They have a network of trustworthy repair folks who can fix what’s broken.
And if the problem is unfixable? Select Home Warranty will replace the broken item. All you’d pay is the service fee.
Select Home Warranty doesn’t limit the number of service calls you’re allowed to make. Even if two or three (or more) things go wrong in a single year, you get the same level of service. Bonus: Right now the company is offering a special deal of $150 off, two months’ worth for free and free roof coverage.
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4. Cancel common and expensive auto repairs
It’s unbelievably costly to replace your wheels: The average new-car loan payment is now $730, which means it takes the average consumer more than 42 weeks’ worth of paychecks to pay off their vehicle. No wonder U.S. drivers are keeping their cars for an average of 12.1 years.
Yet it also costs a lot to keep those older wheels rolling. Can you afford to pay thousands of dollars every year for repairs? Luckily, you don’t have to: Endurance can save you big bucks on your mature ride.
Endurance sells “vehicle service contracts” (similar to car warranties) for autos up to 20 years old. It offers six different coverage plans that let you pay for only what you need.
No matter which plan you select, you’ll get:
- 24/7 roadside assistance
- Rental car benefit
- A free year’s worth of their Elite Benefits program, which includes complete tire coverage, a collision discount, key fob replacement and a $1,000 benefit if your car is declared a total loss
Endurance has a network of more than 350,000 ASE-certified repair facilities across the U.S. All you need to pay for is the deductible — Endurance pays for the repairs upfront.
Don’t worry about expensive car repairs. Get your fast, free quote today.
5. Cancel paying full price
If you pay full price, you’re leaving money on the table. Buying without comparing prices and deals is a very costly habit.
Fortunately, it’s an easy habit to break: You just let Capital One Shopping do the comparisons for you.
Capital One Shopping is a free browser tool that compares prices among tens of thousands of retailers. Within seconds, the tool automatically applies promo codes for amazing savings. It even factors in things like memberships and shipping costs.
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