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Today Lisa and I went through our budget for the third time.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve been re-examining the life we are living in relation to the amount of money we’re trying to save.  As Lisa has written in past blogs, a change definitely needed to be made. 

We successfully changed our cell phone service at a slight savings.  Anything is better than nothing.  Unfortunately, terminating our Direct TV wasn’t as successful.  Apparently the last time that THEIR receiver malfunctioned and was replaced, we were put back under contract for another year.  I know it’s garbage, but what are you going to do?  It made more sense to gut our programming package then pay the outrageous early termination fee.  We are saving quite a bit, but not as much as we were originally hoping. 

On my end, I’ve tried to cut back on my own habits, mainly Endorush (an energy drink) and sweets (via the practice of Lent).  For those of you who have never heard of Endorush its bar none the best source of legal energy ever made.  Unfortunately, it is extremely expensive and in light of the other changes that we were making, it didn’t seem right to continue spending the ridiculous amount that I was spending on it.  So it is back to coffee.  It’s not the same but I think I’ll live.  Besides, I don’t think I’ll be able to find Endorush for sale in Machu Picchu.  Although Lent is over, we both plan to limit sweets.

Overall, with increases of pay at work and the few changes that we have made we should be able to save more now.  I’m sure we’ll have bumps in the road and I’m sure more ways to save will come to mind.  We think it’s important to constantly assess what we are spending money on and where we can cut costs.  We’re not perfect but we’re doing our best to perfect our saving capabilities.

After doing the math we found that we’re saving $330 more/month!

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