We have financially hit hard times, but I am determined to fight and win this war by exercising extreme frugality and creativity.
Frugal Queen has started a new series with very helpful tips on how to get out of debt. These two posts are fabulous!
The Prudent Homemaker also has started a series called Eat For 40 Cents A Day. Lots of good advice there...
So what am I going to do to turn things around?
~ALL excess spending will be cut out. If it's not a need, it will not be purchased. I will be tracking every cent spent as well.
~ We are cutting the cable off completely. We'll save up for a blu-ray player and then get Netflix streaming for $7.99/month. This will save us $68.96/month.
~ Groceries will be purchased on sale matched with coupons as able. Making more meatless meals. We are also looking into buying in bulk and storing food in expensive food grade 5 gallon buckets. Flour and sugar especially! Also eggs and butter.
~ If I'm scheduled a day long enough to be given a lunch, I'll bring lunch from home. Alfred comes home for lunch already.
~ Cancelling pest control saving us $64 quarterly.
~ Still saving all of my change in a jar....added $11.03 this week.
~ I'll be making my own household cleaners from now on using mostly vinegar. I'm planning to try making my own laundry soap, too.
~ On my off days, I want to bake homemade treats for the family.
~ I'll be looking through my sheets and blankets to use to cover the windows in the sun room. That room is not insulated and I want to keep as much heat out as possible this summer.
~ I'll be looking for things to sell on Ebay, Craigslist and Amazon to bring in extra money.
I'm choosing to look at this as a challenge and to make the very most of what we have rather than letting it get me discouraged.