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Managing your household budget can be challenging - especially when you are forced to cut back on some expenses. Trimming your budget is not easy for everyone. This is especially true if you already got used to a particular lifestyle. However, if you analyze your budget carefully, you can find a lot of areas that you can choose to cut back on. According to the data from BLS.gov, the average annual expense of consumers from July 2014 to June 2015 os $54,992. That means the monthly expense is around $4,582.66. Most of the expenses increased compared to the same period the previous year, except for gasoline and cash contributions. The income before taxes also increased and thankfully, it was bigger than the growth in expenses. The income growth was 6.6% while the expenses only grew by 5.9%. But despite that, it is evident that consumer spending continues to rise each year. If you need to increase your extra money, you should consider analyzing your expenses so you can lower some of them. While there are certain budget categoriesthat you should never sacrifice, there are many small ones that you can surely spend less on. The data revealed that entertainment expenses grew by 8.7% and apparel spending grew by 12.6%. These are areas that we do not suggest you eliminate from your budget but it can be something that you can spend less on if you really have to.