How to Manage Digital Costs Draining Your Bank Account (MNP 3 Minute Debt Break)

2024-07-02  3 minute read

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n today’s digital era, the convenience of obtaining anything with a tap of your finger is undeniable. However, these luxuries can quickly add up, significantly impacting your bank account.
Let's take a look at some common digital expenses and strategies to keep them under control. 

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Firstly, streaming services. We have a vast array of options for on-demand entertainment, each with its own pricing and features. It's easy to lose track and end up paying for multiple services you rarely use.

Here's how to keep tabs on your streaming spend.

Track your spending: Review your bank statements and see how much you're spending on streaming each month.

Embrace rotation: Take advantage of flexible subscriptions. Subscribe to a service for a month to watch a specific show, then cancel and move on to the next. There's no need to pay for an entire year if you only watch a few shows.

Wait for free releases: Don't rush to pay for new releases. Many shows become available for free on streaming platforms after a waiting period.
Next, let’s look at food delivery services. While convenient, delivery fees, service charges, and potential markups on menu items can make these services expensive.

Here are some alternatives:

Budget for occasional treats: Factor in the occasional delivery expense when creating your monthly food budget.

Embrace meal planning: Plan your meals ahead of time, find deals at the grocery store, and stock up on ingredients. There are even recipe apps that can suggest meals based on what you have on hand.

Consider pickup options: Many restaurants allow online ordering with in-store pickup, saving you the delivery fees.
Sports betting and online gambling have also become readily available. While they can be fun, uncontrolled spending can quickly turn entertainment into a financial burden. Here's how to gamble responsibly.

Treat it as entertainment: Allocate a specific amount in your entertainment budget for gambling. This helps manage expectations and keeps things fun.

Set limits: Determine a spending limit and stick to it, regardless of wins or losses. 

Avoid subscriptions: Opt for individual bets within your budget instead of subscriptions. There are also resources available to help with gambling addiction, should you need them.

These are just a few examples. The key takeaway is to be mindful of your digital spending. Track your expenses. Factor in convenience costs when budgeting. Allow yourself occasional indulgences, but in moderation. And… if you're struggling, remove your payment information, cancel subscriptions, and explore free or single-purchase alternatives. By taking control of your digital spending, you can ensure you're getting the most out of your hard-earned money.

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