5 Things to Cut Out of Any Monthly Budget
Whether you want to go big (hello, high housing bills) or small (that protein bar habit), these easy changes will keep money in your wallet.
That 4:00 Meal
Energy bars (aka breakfast/cereal/granola/nutrition/protein bars) are more popular than ever—the $5.7 billion "food bar" industry has seen double-digit growth recently
—and it's easy to see why: The grab-and-go snacks are a good way to control portions, and they taste good, especially in the witching hours between lunch and dinner. Each bar can cost as much as $4, though, which quickly adds up when you're eating one every afternoon. If you simply must have your fix, buy them in bulk (e.g., a box of 12 Kind bars runs about $23, so each one costs less than $2)—and put only one in your bag at a time.
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