The ability to cut spending is possible if you think before you buy, look for sales or savings opportunities and keep to a budget plan. Spending wisely should always be the goal when you want to spend less, whether your money is going to necessities or extra items. Discretionary spending, rather than just dropping down cash, writing a check or using your credit card whenever you want or need something, is crucial.
It's easy to get in the habit of just paying for something rather than thinking about how to get it for less or do without it altogether. When you're considering buying things, first think about if you even need them. Sometimes people overbuy items they think they need, but in reality they can't find the items because the home is not organized or the items are not easy to find. In this way, being neat and organized can help cut spending. If you give yourself a portion of your budget for free spending, you can still get what you want within reason, without just buying everything impulsively.
Consider cutting spending in as many different areas as you can. For example, save money on transportation by walking or cycling to local places rather than driving. Try to grocery shop and run errands once a week to have as many non-driving days as possible. Each week when the supermarkets put out new sales fliers, plan your weekly menus from them to save money. Clipping coupons and shopping on double coupon value days are added ways to cut spending.
To save on housing costs, if downsizing to a less expensive living situation makes sense for you, it may be a good idea. Averaging at least 30%, rent or mortgage and utilities take up a big part of your budget. If you can't cut spending on housing, reduce utility costs as much as possible. Buying excess furniture or other household items you don't need can really add up. Cut spending by being more creative in your approach, such as to place your furniture differently in your home and fix up garage or thrift store items you bought inexpensively.
If you have outstanding amounts on your credit card, stop using it. The old trick of freezing the card in a block of ice in your freezer can work to help you overspend on it. Buy paying cash, you're likely to spend less if you also need to save some of it to purchase other items.