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The greatest expenses in the modern world are entertainment and communications. I'm sure we can all relate to the huge changes in technology, which go hand in hand with the changes in our cell phone, cable, and Internet bills.

These are also the main qualities of life that usually slip away from our fingers and we lose control. So I have some tips that will help you regain control of your hard earned money. 
When it comes to communications many of us are in fact overpaying. For those of us who have a cell phone and a landline, consider accepting personal calls on the cell phone as opposed to a landline in order to save a chunk of money each month. 

Also, pay attention to your monthly bill for your cell phone. Try to pay attention to peak calling, area coverage, and termination charges, especially if you have a cap for the amount of minutes allowed each month. Lately work phone companies have been trying to do is to go grab a customer and keep them with extreme termination fees and complicated contracts. So, if you do not want to sign up with a company for a two-year term contract, look into certain cell phone companies that work on a month to month basis. 

Now, when it comes to entertainment we have a variety of options to help you reduce costs. When it comes to entertainment outside of the home, Google free entertainment venues around your neighborhood. Many communities have free parks, museums, films, exhibits, and other forms of free or inexpensive entertainment. When it comes to entertainment in the home, try to give up premium cable channels and rent a film a week instead as premium channels can cost you upwards of $500 a year. That's money that can go straight into your pocket. A great way for a quick save is also to bundle. 

For those of you love to buy books, buy online and buy used. Saving $4-$5, if not more per book definitely adds up and will save you a lot of money by the end of the year. I love to use for all of my book purchases as I know I'm getting a better deal than in-store. Now if you want to go the extra step, get a Kindle since, many electronic books cost a lot less then paperbacks. 

Overall, I hope you apply some of these tips to your daily life and they will be able to save you some money at the end of the year. So get ready to buy a bigger wallet!

About the author


Brooklyn-based Margaret Skowronska is a St. Francis College Communications and Business graduate with an intense curiosity that fuels her drive. She strongly follows the inspirational words of Norman V. Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

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