Thursday, July 24, 2008

5 Little Changes for Tough Times

Orlando Tough TimesIn tough times, we are often looking to cut things out of our budget to create room for the necessities. We have all felt the affect of rising gas prices and some in Orlando are feeling a wave of cut backs and layoffs in every sector.

When the going gets tough, the tough need to look at their spending habits. Some can even improve your health. Below are 5 things you can look to cut out of your budget and daily expenses that will add some spare change into your bank account.

Water bottles, sports drinks and energy drinks
Driving past 3 7-11's on my way to work make it easy to stop and grab a Monster Energy Drink, but really the $2.99 a day adds up quick. Even a $0.99 water bottle starts to mount on the wallet, especially when most companies have water coolers available for employees. Put that "world's best dad (or mom or grandparent or aunt or uncle)" mug to use and use the water that the company provides.

I shouldn't even have to go there, but yes, kick this $3 a pack habit and look and your health and your wallet improve.

That extra drink at the bar
After hours, some of us like to have a cocktail or 2 or 3. Knowing when to grab that water or cola and save the $5 a beer has its perks.

Spa treatments
Sorry ladies, but excessive "mani's" and "pedi's" (yes I probably spelled that wrong) can really put a strain on the wallet. At $20 a week that amounts to $1,040 a year. Cutting back to once a month drops it to $240. That will make the man in your life happy!

Unused memberships
Netflix movies that haven't been returned in weeks. Gym card still looks mint. What about magazines that go straight into the trash. Look to cancel these as soon as possible. Use that extra $4 from not getting the energy drinks and go out and rent a movie or buy one from your DVR box and save on the gas.

What else Orlando?

How can you cut out the unnecessary and help yourself out when money is tight and times are tough?

It's not always easy, but whatever doesn't "you know," makes you stronger!

For those looking to make a life change, be sure to come to our Diversity Job Fair on Tuesday, July 29th at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Get the latest updates to your cell phone by pointing your browser to or by entering your mobile number in the link to the right.

-Greg Rollett


Good jOb July 24, 2008 at 8:46 PM  

First thing i do in tough time is breath . Half of tension is removed .

Carlos G. July 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM  

Carpooling is very effective if you can manage it. It has its drawbacks because you are not free to come and go as you please, but I save over $3,700 last year in Gas. Plus I probably added about 3 extra years onto the life of my car...not too bad for giving up a little independence.

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