If you are on a budget, you are probably trying to identify your spending patterns and see which areas have room for improvement. Job related expenses can usually add up and drain your paycheck, so it’s important you keep an eye on them.
There are some ways for you to examine your job-related expenses and see if there’s room for improvement:
Analyze commuting costs
If you use public transportation, add up the cost of the tickets. If you drive, keep track of the cost of gas, insurance and car maintenance. If you have to pay tolls on the way, add them up too.
If you ride a bike, track the cost of bike maintenance.
Once you know how much you spend on commuting, try to find ways to cut costs. Whether it is picking a road without tolls, carpooling with co-workers or find a cheaper public transport route.
Create a work clothes budget
You might also want to track how much you spend on work clothes. A good option to save money here is by shopping at discount stores or thrift stores. You can also search for deals at online stores.
Save on lunch
If you go out for lunch every day, you are probably spending a lot of money. You can considerably reduce your job-related expenses if you bring your own lunch, but sometimes this is not an option. If that is the case, try selecting filling meals that cost less than your usual fare. If you can, bring your own water bottle too and save on drinks.
If you need to provide your own phone or any other supply, you might want to discuss the situation with your employer. Many companies cover these expenses or might provide the supplies.
Even though there is basically no way of avoiding job-related expenses, there are ways of reducing them. Identify your habits and make the changes!