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What did you have to cut out of your spending?

I know I cut out netflix, I couldnt spend the 16 dollars a month anymore. We also refinanced our mortgage to cut the monthly spending. I was thinking what else could I cut out?

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Asked by 1busymommy at 9:11 AM on Jul. 1, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • We cut out going out to eat and bringing in carryout. We also don't go away on weekends as much as we used to. I got rid of my big freezer, and this cut back on electric use. I keep the AC set pretty high during the day to save electricity, but still set it lower at night so I can sleep.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:17 AM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • well if you have house and cell phones cut out one or the other if you have internet on your cellphone could cut that out. buy dollar store cleaning products. go to farmers markets or grow own garden for fruits and veggies. donate old stuff to thrift stores usually get a coupon towards getting new stuff. only have basic cable/internet cut down to the lowest possible cell phone plan. write down a menu plan for 2 weeks of meals make extra free them and use the other half for the next two weeks.

    Answer by preggoinmn at 9:17 AM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • Look at your home phone bill. I cut out all the options, had it stripped down to JUST the phone line & basic internet (I need internet for my job) and I reduced my bill from about $100/month to less than $50/month.

    Answer by customcat2000 at 9:49 AM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • We don't have cable TV. You can check out DVD's of TV shows and movies at the library.

    Answer by Christina807 at 11:08 AM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • thats one i couldnt pass up love my tv lol

    Answer by preggoinmn at 12:07 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • We cut Netflix, eating out, only buying on sale items. I now clip coupons, buy at the 99 cent store, they have lots of great cleaning products and ours even has produce. We don't go out much anymore so we are reading much more.

    Answer by dillonsma at 12:10 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • Don’t buy paper towels or napkins. Make at least some of your own cleaning supplies (this has the added advantage of getting toxins out of your home). Past the age of 2,the only beverage humans need is water; don't buy juice, milk, soda, etc., except as a special treat. Cook from scratch. Replace meat with beans, seitan, lentils & tofu. Cook dried beans instead of buying canned. Make your own seitan. Whole grains, like whole wheat pasta & brown rice, may cost more than simple grains, like white rice & pasta, but they are more filling &more nutritious, so they really are the better value. Frozen fruits & vegetables often cost less than fresh; they have the added advantage of having a longer shelf life & holding their nutrition longer. Once or twice a week have breakfast for dinner: yogurt with frozen blueberries & whole grain cereal or an omelet with veggies & a little bit of cheese with whole grain toast.

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:58 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • Before you go to the grocery store, plan your meals & snacks for the next 8 days. Base your grocery list on your meal plan. Pull any necessary coupons. Eat before you shop. Buy only what’s on your list. The sales at the store are not to save you money, but to get you to buy more than you need; if you don't know for sure that you will use it in the next 3-4 weeks, don't buy it. If you would like some delicious, healthy & family/budget friendly recipes, feel free to contact me. -Robin

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:58 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • man.. i couldn't live like you rkoloms.. i love saving a buck but not where i feel like everything is a scrimp and save..only water not milk.. kids past the age of 2 do need milk..and nothing takes the place of a new york strip def not beans or tofu lol

    Answer by preggoinmn at 6:53 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • I forgot to mention, I'm a free sample freak, you'd be amazed what you can get for free!



    Answer by customcat2000 at 9:54 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

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