I’ve talked about this quite a bit before. – the fact that saving money is a two step process and that paying less for something doesn’t necessarily mean that you have saved money.
After you have found a way to cut an expense, you actually have to place the difference between what you were paying (or would have paid) and the new price into a savings account (toward debt reduction or long term investment). The most effective way to accomplish this is to take any money saved and separate it out into a specially set-up savings account. While taking a small reward out of any savings you derive from this series (for example, 10% – 20% of the savings achieved) to help motivate you when making the cost cuts is perfectly acceptable, these rewards should be well defined ahead of time.
(seems I still need work on my lighting technique)