- After satisfying our 12 month agreement, I called to cancel our Busch Gardens passes. We were paying $30/month for them, and in the last year we visited once for about two hours. What a waste.
- I've been thinking about canceling Netflix for a period of time. More and more I notice that new movies aren't coming to Netflix. My queue is loaded with content made by Netflix while noticeably void of movies that actually played in theaters. Don't get me wrong - overall I love having Netflix. But it seems like canceling for 90 days or so wouldn't hurt us at all. We still have Sling and Amazon Prime. Doing this would save around $50 with basically no consequences. For now, I'm testing a downgrade. I changed from the $12.99/mo HD plan for 4 devices to the $8.99/mo standard plan for one device at a time. It's $4/month in savings... I want to see if we'll notice a difference in video quality. Canceling altogether is still on the table.
- I would love to find a way to reduce the cost of the big stuff, but how? Auto insurance with GEICO - I've had auto insurance for more than 25 years, never filed a claim. What am I getting for my $100/month besides piece of mind? Same with health insurance. I cut that cost down to $379/month this year, but that's still $379 more per month than I spend in actual costs. I haven't filed a single claim with my insurer.
- Same goes for the rental properties. Do I really need termite protection? What about property insurance - having never filed a claim, the premiums I have paid since becoming a landlord in 2006 could have nearly paid to replace one of my properties.
I'm taking a hard look at all recurring costs. The immediate benefit, simplifying my finances, is all the motivation I need. But knowing the money I earn isn't being wasted is just as important.