For die-hard digital junkies, saving money may start with scheduled breaks. Try taking a digital sabbatical on weekends or banishing television viewing and Internet browsing for a certain period of time each evening. Although this weaning process may take time and persistence, it could prompt you to cancel or downsize pricey services in the long run. And it could even lead to other unexpected budget benefits.
When your television, DVR, television receiver box and computer aren't running, your home's electricity meter can take a breather, too. Without the influence of commercials and product placement, you may not know what new products you're missing -- or be tempted to buy them. Instead, you can trade your couch potato hours for time spent building relationships in real life or other healthy activities, such as exercising, completing DIY projects or getting more sleep [source: Freedman].