After all the talk on this here blog about needing money for a house or a wedding, David and I have gone into full-on money crunch mode.
Time to add to the good ol’ change jar that lives in our bedroom shelves.
We’re thinking about what we have to do in order to stretch pennies. Some of the list is obvious: no more take out, less entertainment. Considering I get wine for free, no more bars and definitely no more craft beer at the grocery store for a little while. We have to search for bigger bargains when working on The By-Gone Bee; time to sell more of our crap on eBay and more old books on Amazon. Every little bit helps, you know?
But then there are the things we’re doing to “invest” in being broke. That whole “you gotta spend money to
save make money” thing.
I know it doesn’t look like a lot, but it’s a set of nice Pyrex dishes, bought on Amazon for about $17. We actually didn’t have any casserole dishes with lids– which has limited a lot of our “bake ahead” meal planning and freezer meal goals.
We’re terrible about meal planning. I’ll get home to find half a box of quinoa, hot dogs and peanut butter in the house and there is seriously nothing you can make with that. We must, must, must get better about buying full meals– and even making them ahead of time and freezing them, so they can just be re-heated when we’re hungry.
The other aspect of that set of Pyrex dishes? I have GOT to stop going to work without a bagged lunch. I work in a ritzy, residential neighborhood, so there is no lunch to be had in commutable distance that costs less than $10 a head. Seriously– Starbucks is the cheapest food in the area. So, a few times a week when we don’t even have pb& j in the house? That’s $30 a week I should be saving in an account.
Things we won’t be doing without: high speed internet; our cars. David needs the internet for his work and even though it is pricey, it’s worth it. We won’t be becoming a one-car family anytime soon, either. We’re too paranoid about that!
I’ve got an automatic savings plan that transfers a little bit of money each week into a savings account I don’t touch. It’s not a lot, but it’s something.
And so– I’ve started a meal-planning Pinterest board that has gotten me kind of fired up about all of this “penny pinching” stuff. But I want to know:
What are YOUR big tips to save money?