Ah the post-holiday blues…for many, January through April can be a tough time of year. Christmas is over, the nights are still long and that springtime sunshine seems like a long ways away. While a getaway - or even just a night out - may sound great, your holiday shopping credit card charges suggest otherwise.
Fortunately, at Washington Federal, we’ve got some ways and ideas to help you save…
Opt for budget-friendly bites.
When it comes to how Americans spend their money, food comes in third. Eating out now accounts for 43% of a household’s annual food costs. And when things get busy, skipping a homemade dinner and ordering delivery instead is extra tempting. Fortunately, unlike the other two big-ticket spending items (housing and transportation), making changes to your food costs is relatively easy. Aim to cut your current monthly takeout or restaurant outings in half, or no more than two times a month.
For those nights that you have planned and budgeted for dinner out, Green Checking’s Secure Checking benefits offers ways to save at local fan-favorites, including Wingstop, Menchies, Via Tribunali, Lunchbox Laboratory, and more.
Buy movie tickets in advance.
Do the winter months have your household heading to the theatre more? With a little pre-planning, your family could save big on tickets. Many major movie theatre chains, like Regal Cinemas, offer steep discounts for pre-purchased tickets, which can be redeemed for a show later.
One Green Checking user explains, “As a single parent, I have to budget and look for ways to save. We always used to go to the matinee show, because the viewings that start before noon are about $5. But now we can buy movie tickets for $5.99 and go at ANY time! I can’t remember the last time we went to a movie theatre on a Saturday night.”
Book admission tickets via Secure Checking.
Attention coupon clippers! Green Checking owners are eligible for savings at big-time attractions too, like Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags. If you’re still deciding where to go on your next vacation, be sure to visit SecureChecking.com or the Secure Checking app and take a look at all the ways you could save.
Sift through your subscriptions.
Much of our discretionary spending happens without us even realizing it. Review the past couple months of your account statements, how many charges come directly from your account every month? While Netflix, Spotify, Serious XM, and the cable bill may not seem like big-ticket items, those charges can really add up and put a dent in your budget. Which of those services do you actually need?
Ready to start saving?
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