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With the high prices of gas, food and entertainment, families across the country are being forced to make hard choices with the little money they do have. By cutting back in just a few areas, there are ways the typical family can save hundreds of dollars per month.
Travel expenses: With gas prices so high, anyone with a commute needs to consider alternative methods to getting around. If you’re working more than 20 minutes away from home, it’s a good idea to check if anyone at work wants to carpool. Checking into the local transit system, either bus or commuter train, is another viable option to saving money on the ever-draining purchase of gas.
Food expenses: Saving money on food can certainly be challenging, after all, we all need to eat. Cutting back on sodas and meat are a good way to start with saving money. Try making a casserole that will likely stick around for a day or two, providing valuable leftovers for those that are hungry. Shopping at stores that offer bulk purchases are another great way to get more bang from your hard earned dollar.
Entertainment expenses: Long gone are the days where you can load the entire family up in the car and take them to a movie or a ball game. Movie tickets are approaching $10 per person and it’s not hard to spend $100 at the movie theatre. Check into renting movies or dollar theatres that have newly released movies at your disposal.
Saving money is hard on everyone but a few smart choices can stretch the dollar just far enough to make things work.