Let’s face it, only a very select group of people can walk into a store and buy whatever they like without glancing at the price tag. I’m not in that group.
I quit my job shortly after having the Munchkin, and we’ve been living in Frugal City ever since. Yes, my husband makes a good salary, otherwise my quitting would never have even been feasible. But, some months we have cut corners and then cut those corners to make sure we get through and keep our “safety net” intact. Birthdays come up, car insurance is due, property taxes, there is always some payment lurking in our mailbox, it seems.
We gave up the daily newspaper (as hard as that was) and stuck to online news, we don’t have cable television, we have only one cell phone, we tried not to eat out very often, we are regular patrons of our local library, and I think new clothes didn’t find their way into my closet for a couple of years. These are just a few of the things we did to stay solvent, and I would do them all over again if I had to.
Everyone who buys groceries knows that food is up. Gasoline is up. Heating costs are up. And housing values are down. Help!
So I thought I might ask our superfantastic readers what they do for their families when they are on a budget. Do you sew/knit your own clothes? Make homemade birthday cards instead of buying them? Give up vacations or forgo the new car?
Do tell us! Just be sure and keep it legal, ok?