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The Top Expenses You Don't Need 

Elise Hennigan
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List of expenses you dont need and are pretty easy things to cut out if  you are on a budget. Skip paying for these unnecessary, everyday costs if you are trying to save money because you are saving up for something, are unemployed or underemployed, in between jobs or have recently been laid off. The little things add up - a meal out here, a movie night there and all of a sudden you are scrambling to pay rent at the end of the month.

If budgeting were easy, then everyone would be better at it. But, generally, people suck at saving their money. How to stretch a paycheck when money is tight? You have to cut out the little things that add up. Since people value life's luxuries differently, there is not one answer for the best way to save money on a budget. Movie-lovers may shudder at the thought of giving up the experience of seeing a new film in theaters but have no problem reducing the meals they eat out or taking the bus to work occasionally. Some people wouldn't dream about giving up their morning Starbucks, but would gladly cancel their cable TV to save some cash.

This list is voteable and reflects the values and opinions of the entire community who has ranked it. Vote on the items that you think you could most easily give up and add additional items that you have either had to cut back on or would never dream about giving up.
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Toys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
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Make Up is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
bkolek added
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Books is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
bkolek added Books
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Cell Phones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
EdwardPaisley added
If you have no money or no job & can't pay your bills, the last thing you want is a phone call.
 
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Living Solo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
Living Solo
It may be time to get a roommate.
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Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
Gasoline
Time to start walking, biking or bussing.
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Tipping is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
Tipping
Take your misery out on others.
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Your Car is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
Your Car
Commit to public transportation for awhile.
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Car Maintenance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Expenses You Don't Need
Car Maintenance
Those squeaky brakes can last a little longer.