For this standalone feature, we’re looking to spotlight someone who recharged their finances by going through their budget and doing the following three things: 1) Looking for money wasted by bank fees or unused subscriptions. 2) Finding areas where you were overspending, like a cable bill, then negotiated down. 3) Thinking hard about what to sacrifice now to make a big difference later. For instance, downsizing your car or home, taking on a roommate, other trade-offs. We want to relate to readers who are living paycheck to paycheck and don’t think there are obvious places to scale back.