IN the fast-paced world we live in today, it’s easy to accumulate subscriptions and memberships without taking the time to consider their value.
Yet, periodically conducting a personal finance audit can be a game-changer when it comes to optimising your financial health.
Just as you would review your monthly budget, complete an audit of your subscriptions, memberships, and digital presence to ensure you’re only paying for what truly adds value to your life.
In an era of endless entertainment options, it’s common to have multiple streaming service subscriptions.
However, when was the last time you revisited the list?
Make a list of your streaming services, assess how often you use each one, and determine if you’re getting your money’s worth.
Unsubscribing from those you rarely use can free up funds for other financial priorities.
Free Streaming Services
Use these free apps to access quality content without cost or commitment. ABC iview offers diverse content, from news to dramas.
SBS On Demand provides international films and exclusive shows.
For sports fans, 7plus streams live events and reality programs.
Finally, 9Now and 10 Play both offer many hours of excellent viewing.
Amazon and eBay Memberships:
Frequent online shoppers often subscribe to premium memberships for added benefits.
While these memberships can offer value, review your purchasing habits and the perks you use.
If you find that the membership fees outweigh the savings and convenience, it might be time to reconsider.
From gym memberships to home services, it’s easy to accumulate monthly commitments.
Look at all of these memberships too. If you’re not hitting the gym or if you can go without certain home services, then cancel, pause, or otherwise adjust your subscription to line up with your current needs.
Your digital life also deserves the once over, so take a critical look at your inbox.
Unsubscribe from email lists that no longer interest you or provide value.
On social media, unfollow brands and influencers whose content is primarily focused on selling.
A streamlined digital presence can lead to reduced spending temptations.
Reinvesting your money
As you audit your subscriptions, don’t view it as simply cutting expenses.
Instead, see it as reallocating funds to what truly matters to you.
Redirect the money you free up into savings accounts, investments, or experiences that enhance your quality of life.
Completing a personal finance audit might seem like a small task, but its impact on your financial wellbeing can be significant.
By regularly evaluating and optimising your expenses, you can ensure that you’re only paying for services that provide real value.
Take control of your financial future and remember that every dollar saved is a step toward achieving your goals.