Many of us are going to be faced with tough decisions this year, and probably next year. We might even have to grapple with “how do I get these creditors to stop calling me?” or “well, where do I live now?” If owning a home is the American Dream, then being homeless is surely the American Nightmare.
Before it gets that bad, there are things you can do to trim your monthly budget. But instead of just presenting you with a list, I thought it’d be fun to try and take advantage of the wisdom of crowds once again, as I did in my article “No More Credit Card Debt: Now What?.” (Incidentally, the credit card debt is down to about $4,100. It hasn’t been that low before in this entire millennium.)
So, here’s a list of things that I have previously considered removing, or actually did remove, from my family’s budget when we needed to be spending less. Vote “Yay” for the things you think should be removed from a struggling household budget. Vote “boo” for the things you think are necessary for survival in a civilized world.
If you think something is missing from the list, go ahead and add it.