I only buy name brand stuff when its on sale. I grocery shop at aldi and only shop once a week.
For us right now, we have pared things down to utilities, van payment, insurance, phone, and cable tv/internet- the tv would be the first to go if we needed to cut something. We do no eat out more than once a month- because the girls are young and dh is on disability we get fs and wic still- that helps us be able to pay our bills on my small income. Our budget is tight, and we track it constantly, and there really is not much room for "fun" spending. If we pay one thing off (van is coming up yay) we move that money to another needed bill- my student loans are deferred for now but I want to start chipping away the principle once we pay off the van.
this. Except we do have basic cable so DH can keep up with Gold Rush on Discovery channel. Its only about $17 a month and he would not be happy without it.
Quoting cjsmom1:Shop sales and use coupons
Have a beat up car that's paid off
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