Saturday, May 1

Livin' the Frugal Life

Lately, I've been thinking about ways for my family to save money, for several reasons.  The first one being that at some point, Doug's unemployment is going to run out and since he's now getting his tuition & other school expenses paid for by VocRehab, we'd really like for him to finish school.  Another reason is my uncertain job future.  The third reason is when Doug finishes school and finds a job, we'd like to add a new member to our family and I'd like to able to stay home with the kids.  Although, more likely, I'll work part-time. 

So I'm reading this book and am finding some useful tips.  I discovered the author also has a blog, that I'll have to look at as well.  Still, this is not the be all/end all book of frugality for me.  There's got to be a happy medium between giving up our Starbucks habit (which we don't even have) and making our own soap!  Just so you know, we've cut way back on going out to eat (but probably still do it far too often) and plan to get rid of cable in June when our special promotion is up.  We also already use the library.  :)  If your family has a particularly good money saving tip, leave us a comment!

3 comments:

Carmen said...

The other day I was reading a blog post where the author talked about her use of "Family Cloth" which is using washcloths instead of toilet paper. Umm...I think that may be taking frugality a little far...

I've recently discovered dried beans. They are perfect for the crockpot, lower in sodium than canned beans, and definitely cheaper.

Three Snider's said...

Ewww...that is disgusting! I know my mom used to use washcloths instead of baby wipes, but a clean one every time. I hope that author is doing the same, but it doesn't sound like it.

Hmm...the only bean recipes I usually make in the crockpot are ham & beans and chili. Do you have any recipes for me?

Three Snider's said...

Okay, so that is what they are doing. Still don't know that I could commit to that. Although, it probably would be much better for our septic tank.