What cutback has saved you the most money and changed your life least? Are you a smart penny-pincher? Can you share some ideas with us?
With economics being as they are in our country and a new year right around the corner I am pondering cutbacks. I know there are probably areas in my spending that I am blind to, areas that I probably would not have serious regrets if they were eliminated. Sometimes, all it takes is to hear how others are managing and a light bulb will go on. Do you know what I mean?
Several years ago I sewed up a stack of cloth napkins and used them in place of paper towels. I deemed they were better for the environment but somehow, with my decrepit washing machine taking forever to wash and dry anything the paper ones crept back into my life again. Now that I have the new high efficiency washer/dryer I think I will sew up some napkins in January.
I read recently that to stay within a monthly food budget it is a good idea to stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables instead of fresh ones. I know they probably are not as good for you but they would cut down on prep time! I might start clipping those frozen vegetable/fruit coupons in January, too.
I’ve encouraged my husband to take his lunch to work instead of eating out but when a lunch is packed he usually forgets it. Maybe I will try again and this time leave his car keys in the refrigerator with the lunch. Instead, maybe I will make myself one of those cute lunch bags and take a lunch into town when I go to town. I’m sure it would be better for my waistline. A cute lunch bag just might motivate me.
These are just a few ideas I’ve been pondering but I would LISTEN INTENTLY to any ideas you might have. So, what cutback has saved YOU the most money and changed YOUR life least?