Here's how we've applied our own advice, what's working, and what we need to work on more.
Before The Big Squeeze, I went through our bank records for the last month and pitifully tallied ALL of our crummy expenses, even the ones I'm not so proud of, like fast food expenses.
I sought to change that.
a. Save on energy consumption.- I turned off the computer most nights.
-I've been turning off lights more.
-I've dimmed the TV (and if I go blind, well then, at least I went to D-Land.)
-I've been terrible about unplugging appliances, but I'll get better!
-I've washed clothes in cold water and used a dry towel in the dryer to cut down on drying time.
-I've not replaced light bulbs yet, but I will when these vampire-bulbs burn out.
b. Eat mindfully.
-I made simple, healthy meals every day (except one). Read more about low-cost meals here.
-We only had fast food once and it was an emergency, I promise.
c. Save on outtings.
-I've driven more calmly.
-I've used gasprices.com to find affordable gas.
-We haven't taken any field trips (moanandgroan).
d. Be mindful of spending.
-I've tracked our spending every day. Seriously.
-I've tracked energy use every day. It's actually kinda fun.
-I've bought nothing new, except a gift for a baby shower.
-We've talked about saving with family members and come up with a plan to cut costs.
e. Cut costs and earn money wherever possible.
-I picked up extra work hours.
-I'm selling books online.
-I've recycled a big bag of aluminum.
-I still need to work on taking quicker showers.
-I cut Aidyn's hair at home, thus saving about 12 bucks.
Overall, we've cut our weekly costs by about 19%. It doesn't sound like much, but it saved us from spending a formerly extraneous $133, plus the extra money we've earned in increased hours.