We all know about the usual ways cash can leak out of our budgets: spending too much at the grocery store thanks to impulse purchases, going out and buying lunch at work instead of brown-bagging it, or saying “I deserve it!”and treating yourself one too many times.
These extra purchases can leave us with a busted budget at the end of the month, but they usually stand out. It’s easy to realize spending $10 a day for a lunch of soda and a less-than-fresh sandwich from a convenience store is something that can go to make both our wallets (and health) happier.
The unexpected ways your budget is leaking cash, however, is more of a problem. These costs take us by surprise — and can therefore go unnoticed for a long time.
Here are 9 expenses to keep an eye on — along with ideas on how to fix those budget leaks if you’re currently experiencing them. [Continue reading]