I'm not what you would call a frugal person or a person with responsible spending habits. Maybe it's because I grew up relatively poor so once I started making some money after college I spent liberally, wanting to never feel poor again. Who knows, I'm not really qualified to psychoanalyze myself.
But over the last year or so I've made some very good progress on controlling my spending. Recently I knocked off about $200/month on various recurring expenses. Subscriptions are so sneaky. $10 here, $15 there, next thing you know it's $200/month.
- Canceled YouTube Red. Playing videos in the background was nice but something I can easily live without. $10
- Canceled Pushbullet and Kitestring. Just didn't need. $10
- Canceled Dropcam. Don't really need to monitor the puppy these days. Her routine is pretty set. $15
- Reduced Typepad subscription from "pro" to "plus". Wasn't using any of the "pro" features. $7
- Got rid of Laundry Locker wash-and-fold plan. Useful when I was very busy but with my flexible schedule these days it's just being lazy not doing my own laundry. $70
- Reduced Verizon plan. Didn't need extra data when 90% of the time I'm connected to Wi-Fi. $20
- Canceled Netflix. Barely watched. $12
- Canceled Playstation Vue. Only watched two cable channels, CNN and ESPN but paying for 70+. Might switch back to SlingTV for $20. But with the election over and NFL season almost over might not even watch those channels much. $55
Just like that, $200/month of recurring monthly charges gone. $200 worth of services I didn't really use or need.