17 Expenses You Should Cut To Save Thousands Every Year

So many of our expenses are completely unnecessary and are costing us thousands of dollars each year. Which are they? You’ll find 17 examples of pricey expenses you can cut in this article.


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Are you ready to save thousands of dollars each year? Then you need to stop buying coffee to go and start carrying your own to work. Zippia says that “American women spend an average of $2,327 per year on coffee, and American men spend around $1,934.”


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Americans are spending thousands of dollars each year on takeout. The figures from the Daily Mail show that “the average American household is now spending $3,631 on takeout food every year.” To cut back on your spending, always choose home-cooked meals over restaurant-bought food.

Bottled Water

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Do you grab a bottle of water to drink when you’re out and about? Then this habit could be costing you thousands of dollars each year. According to Rayne Water, “If bottled water is about $0.04 per ounce, the average person would spend about $3.50 each day and $1,460 annually.”

Breakfast to Go

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Americans are spending far too much money on breakfast to go from cafés. To save money on the most important meal of the day, you must buy your breakfast foods and prepare them at home. If you do, you’ll immediately cut what is likely one of your first purchases of the day.

Public Transportation

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The Bureau of Transportation Statistics admits that public transportation is “the second largest household expenditure category after housing.” Households spent an average of $12,295 on transportation in 2022. To save money on this massive household cost, try biking or walking to work instead of getting the bus or subway.


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Do you grab a sandwich for lunch each day? Although sandwiches are only a couple of dollars a pop, this price soon adds up. To cut the cost of expensive premade sandwiches, prepare your lunch in advance at home and take it to work with you.

Convenience Store Goods

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According to the National Institutes of Health, “smaller food stores have higher prices for most staple foods compared to their closest supermarket, regardless of proximity.” So, if you want to save money, stop shopping at convenience stores and always visit your local supermarket for groceries.


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The average American spends $243 a month on entertainment. This leads to thousands of dollars a year being spent on simple pastimes. But there are many ways to have fun that are inexpensive. Board games, reading books, and going for walks are great ways to enjoy life without spending too much money.

Impulse Buys

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Statistics from Gitnux show that “impulse purchases account for 40% of all the money spent on e-commerce. 64% of impulse shoppers purchase additional items along with their intended purchase.” To save money, stop buying things on a whim. Make a shopping list and stick to it.

Cell Phone

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Cell phone expenses include monthly data, text, and call plans, but they also include the price of constantly upgrading to the latest technology. If your family is always upgrading to the latest smartphones, you will end up with a massive bill each year for cell phone use.


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Many Americans are forking out thousands of dollars each year on debt. This is because people buy things on impulse and purchase things they could never afford. To avoid debt, carefully plan what you will buy and save for your things instead of loaning money on interest.

Insurance Plans

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Home insurance, life insurance, health insurance, car insurance—there are so many insurance plans we are paying for monthly. But don’t allow these expenses to drown you. Make sure you shop around when looking for an insurance plan, so you don’t end up overpaying each month.

Food Waste

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About 80 million tons of food are wasted each year in the United States. Wasting food is costing households more money than they can imagine. Save money by planning your meals and only buying the ingredients you’ll need. Do not bulk buy food goods that you have no intention of using soon.

Parking Tickets

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The price of a single parking ticket in the U.S. is through the roof. Spending money on expensive parking tickets every day to park close to work is extortionate. To cut out this expense, consider leaving the car at home and walking or biking to work each day.

Brand Names

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Brand-name clothes are always more expensive than generic clothing. Often, the quality difference between brand-name clothing and other, good-quality clothing is almost unperceivable. So, instead of spending more on brand-name clothing, choose good, middle-of-the-range clothes that will last and help you save money.

Water Leaks

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We all have to pay a water bill; we can’t escape that. But what we can escape is paying too much for our water. Save money on your water bill by fixing leaky faucets and plumbing. Turn the water off while you brush your teeth. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

Wasted Electricity

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Electricity is expensive in the U.S., but it is something that we cannot do without. Even still, we can reduce our electric bills and stop having to pay for wasted electricity. You can do this by turning the lights off when you leave a room and switching to energy-saving light bulbs.

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