How To Cut Expenses At Work
If you’re looking to learn how to cut expenses at work, there’s much you can do. In fact, many people work out a budget for their homes but forget about the expenses related to the other place where they spend at least a third of their day.
- Bring your own lunch. This is possibly the easiest thing you can do to cut expenses at work. Buy an insulated lunchbox or simply wrap a sandwich or other easy-to-make dish. If you have a microwave at work, you can bring soup or instant noodles as well. If you tend to snack during the snack, bring some nuts, pretzels or other favorite snack with you.
- Make your own coffee. Buy a single-cup coffee maker and keep it on your desk. Bring some good quality coffee and sugar or creamer with you or leave it in one of your drawers if possible. It’s ok to buy good-quality coffee, as even a rather-expensive one will cost a lot less than spending $3 for a cup every day.
- Carpool. To cut expenses at work, don’t drive yourself there every day. Instead, find somebody local you can share transportation with, even if it means you still have to drive a couple of times a week yourself. Public transportation is the best option if you’re paying for parking space every day.
- Use your office supplies. This doesn’t mean stealing the pens or bringing the scanner home, but using things at your disposal can save you money you would otherwise have to spend at home. As long as the company is fine with it, use any free time you have at work to write checks to pay bills or to use the printer or photocopier. Don’t abuse your options, but use them responsibly.
- Reassess your expenses. If your job has small membership fees for babysitting, using the company’s gym or receiving a local publication, figure out which ones you want to keep and which ones to give up. Stop buying things from coworkers, whether that means cosmetics or raffle tickets. Once in a while it’s fine, especially if it’s for a good cause, but don’t make it a habit.
Posted on: Apr. 28, 2010