The process or activity on controlling costs associated with an activity, process, or company.
Cost control typically includes
(1) investigative procedures to detect variance of actual costs from budgeted costs,
(2) diagnostic procedures to ascertain the cause(s) of variance, and
(3) corrective procedures to effect realignment between actual and budgeted costs.
The practice of managing and/or reducing business expenses. Cost controls starts by the businesses identifying what their costs are and evaluate whether those costs are reasonable and affordable. Then, if necessary, they can look for ways to cut costs through methods such as cutting back, moving to a less expensive plan or changing service providers. The cost-control process seeks to manage expenses ranging from phone, internet and utility bills to employee payroll and outside professional services.