There’s a phrase from some person who I’m sure you could Google and find out who started it, that says, “It takes money to make money”. And in general it’s very true.
Especially when things are tight, people tend to cut expenses. I do it to, nothing wrong with that. But you have to remember you still need to invest in your business. Failing to do so could stop any progress you’ve already made.
Take the “TE Model” where you get referrals and earn commissions. If you pay $10 per month for an upgrade, and make $20 per month commissions there, cutting your upgrade would change that profit from $10 to $20 right? Wrong! Most exchanges give you a higher commission rate when you are upgraded.
So now that $20 per month is only $6-7 per month (assuming it’s one of our exchanges where we give 30% for upgraded and 10% for free). So in the long run you end up losing more income than it’s worth.
I’d encourage you to also look and see if upgrading might actually increase your income. If you are making $6-7 a month as a free member, that $10 upgrade would triple that income and up your profit. On top of that you’d have all the other benefits of being upgraded.
I know it’s boring, but sometimes doing some number crunching and investing in your business can really help in the long run.