Tips to trim spending in 2014

Tips to trim spending in 2014

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For me, the holidays are about family and overindulging on everything from food to shopping. I love to buy gifts for the special people in my life – and that list includes me. This year, I gifted myself with a powerful new tablet, downloaded Next Issue Canada and scheduled a head-to-toe spa treatment. But come January, I knew I needed to reset my spending. Here are some of my tips for trimming costs in 2014.

Go digital. Where can you get unlimited access to more than 115 of the world’s best magazines, including Chatelaine and Maclean’s, as well as popular U.S. titles for as low as $9.99 per month? Nope, it’s not a trick question. Don’t sacrifice staying in the know just because you’re on a budget. Carry your favourite magazines with you on your smartphone or tablet with Next Issue Canada. Start your free 30-day trial at

There’s an app for that! Stay on budget with the help of a wide array of personal finance and budgeting apps. Sarah recently told you about Mint, her favourite, while I like making colorful charts that help me visualize my spending. My favourites are MoneyWise Pro for Android ($6.99) and Spendee for iOS.

Consolidate. The average Rogers household has six Wi-Fi connected devices. Save some hard-earned cash and the trouble of managing multiple bills by putting up to 10 wireless accounts on one Share Everything plan. And, for a limited time, you can get 50 per cent off a smartphone when you add a line to select two-year Share Everything plans, just in case Santa didn’t bring you the new device you wanted!

Track usage. Canadians have an average of 25 apps on their smartphones and tablets – and we’re using more data than ever before – since 2011, Rogers has seen an 80 per cent increase in data usage year over year. To help you stay on top of what you’re using, Rogers customers can download the free My Account app to check wireless data usage anytime.

Make room for something new. Most of us have a drawer full of pre-loved electronics. Turn them into something shiny and new like a tablet, for example, with the Rogers Trade-Up program.

What are some of the ways you plan to save money in 2014?