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Ideas for cutting costs....

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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 Cutting costs...

Most of us are stay at home mothers... therefore, we depend on our Husband's income. A lot of women snarl and grimmace at that, but I don't feel phased by it. It's a faith/God thing for us... And for you all as well.

So, that being said... What are some ways that you and your family CUT COSTS... in order for you to be the home-maker/mother/SAHM....etc?

I know we can all use some mental help sometimes with this issue... So, give us some ideas to keep things fresh and remind us that we can do this!

by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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michiganmom116
by on Sep. 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM
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cook from scratch using whole foods.

michiganmom116
by on Sep. 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM
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we heat with wood.  saves a few thousand dollars a year.

AubreyRed
by Hannah on Sep. 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

 We heat with wood too...

I think a lot of ways we save money is by just not having to HAVE the latest and greatest...

DH says that a lot of families just aren't willing to live like we do... And I'm not real sure what he means, or maybe I'm just content with what we have. I don't want for anything, but we're not rich at all either...

I don't have I Phones or tablets...don't get manicures or pedi's...no tanning bed appointments, no gym memberships, I shop at Goodwill, yard sales or Walmart for clothes, drive an older car  (2000 Mercury Marquis) we grow a garden and DH hunts for meat, I cook at home and we rarely eat out, ... But that's just normal for us.

I guess just as much as that's normal for me, the other kind of lifestyle is normal for other women... I can see how we can save.  

AubreyRed
by Hannah on Sep. 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

BUMP!

SarahJanine
by Sarah on Sep. 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM
One of the things my husband says he loves about me is that I am very happy and content to live simply. I don't go without but I also don't want for much. If I truly want something DH will get it for me (I love purses so he got me a new Coach one for my birthday). But I generally don't buy frivolously. We are frugal in many ways. I love that because we watch what we spend, when we really want something (like to go on vacation) we can.

Quoting AubreyRed:

 We heat with wood too...


I think a lot of ways we save money is by just not having to HAVE the latest and greatest...


DH says that a lot of families just aren't willing to live like we do... And I'm not real sure what he means, or maybe I'm just content with what we have. I don't want for anything, but we're not rich at all either...


I don't have I Phones or tablets...don't get manicures or pedi's...no tanning bed appointments, no gym memberships, I shop at Goodwill, yard sales or Walmart for clothes, drive an older car  (2000 Mercury Marquis) we grow a garden and DH hunts for meat, I cook at home and we rarely eat out, ... But that's just normal for us.


I guess just as much as that's normal for me, the other kind of lifestyle is normal for other women... I can see how we can save.  

SarahJanine
by Sarah on Sep. 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM
One of the biggest ways I save is by watching what I spend on food, especially with a family of six. We find the meats that are on sale and work our weekly meals around those items. We find ways to stretch meals. I also buy boxes of snacks and such rather than individual ones and bag them up myself.
Aguilar_momma3
by on Sep. 30, 2014 at 12:22 AM
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I find that we've been able to save the most money when we have planned in advance, for example...

-Plan out meals and create a menu by the month. This allows us to buy in bulk (which is cheaper) and separate the foods, which minimizes waste. This also means we can plan how many times we eat out. For my family we go out once a month.

-On the days that I know we are going to be super busy or running around doing errands I can plan to pack a lunch and plan a crockpot meal for dinner. This is what saved my family the most money because in our busy we would settle for pizza or fast food for lunch and dinner.

- We live an hour away from the "big city" where our primary care doctors, mixed martial arts, gymnastics, and grocery stores are so alittle planning ahead allows me to save on gas by running errands on one day instead of several trips through the week.

-I also love the dollar tree but it's 4 hours away. We usually plan to shop there and stock up on items when we have to go to specialist appointments up there. I may spend $100 but my family saves money on things like toothpaste, mouth wash,baby soaps, kitchen gadgets, and holiday decor in the long run

AubreyRed
by Hannah on Sep. 30, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Its so good to have you in our group! Welcome.!
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