Page 1 of 3We all want to live our lives to the fullest. At every major life stage, whether a birthday, New Year, or even a tragedy, you likely ask yourself whether you’ve really been enjoying your life as much as you could be. Think about—or better yet, write out—a list of activities, items, interests and goals that you’d like to liberate from your daydreams and make a reality. Do you want to visit a tropical island, buy a new mattress, spend more time with your loved ones, or learn to salsa dance? After you write your list, then estimate the cost, in money and time, for each item.
Here are seven ways to cut costs, along with ideas to "invest" that money to yield a more exciting, fulfilling life—without going into debt to do so.
1. Cut your cable, save $10-$120 each month.
My local cable company actually calls their bare-minimum cable service “Lifeline.” Fortunately, there are so many other ways to stay connected to the outside world that don't involve staying inside to watch it on TV. Here are some amazing things you can do with all of that extra time and money you’ll have if you ditch the cable, movie channels, and/or satellite dish service:
The headlines on newsstands are meant to reel you in and encourage you to buy on the spot. But magazines are expensive when you buy them at the store—nearly $5 or more each! And after a single reading, they get discarded. So what can you do instead of buying the latest gossip rag? Read more books. Someone once said: If you want to read more books, read fewer magazines. Good literature is usually found in hardcover form, not in the pages of a glossy magazine. If you need motivation or inspiration, join a book club. Remember to tote your book with you to the doctor’s office, the school car line, and you’ll become more literary by the minute.