It may not sound like much, but here's a short list of conscious efforts I have made to cut expenses.
Giving up name brand ANYTHING and going with store brands, to include important items like deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and diet soda.
Doing more cooking from scratch on my days off. Cooking double batches and freezing half for another day. And not purchasing convenience foods. Which is somewhat inconvenient. Who is cracking herself up over that one?
We gave up cable TV back in November. It hurt, but we survived.
Tim and I are moving our bedroom and my office to the basement of the house as soon as Taylor vacates the basement bedroom, which should be next week. In doing so, we'll be able to completely shut off the third floor of our house, a very energy inefficient attic remodel, which now houses our bedroom, master bath and my office.
We dropped our dental insurance completely and changed our medical policy to an even crappier one (which is hard to believe because ours was already such crap) with a higher deductible, banking on none of us needing extensive medical care in the next year.
Keeping the heat on 64. Which? Is cold. And involves wearing sweatshirts in the house.
Considering line drying, which seems to be kind of a trend around here. Has anyone gone without a dryer for an extended period and lived to tell the tale?
Next up: we're giving serious thought to selling our house and moving to something smaller. We currently have four bedrooms, three full baths, two big living areas plus kitchen and dining. Erinna is here now only every other weekend, Taylor is moving out, Maggy and Iris are gone. So starting next week it's really only Tim, Carlie and I, and we could make do with less space.
The prospect of a forced purging is also very appealing, because the only way I am ever going to be motivated to really get down and dirty with the organizing and purging is if it is forced. Of course, the Achilles heel of this plan is the shitty market and the fact that I doubt we could sell for a good price any time soon. Such a Catch 22 -- prices are low if we are looking to buy, which we can't do unless we sell, which we can't do because prices are low.
I'd love to hear your cost-saving tips in the comments. I'm looking for all of the motivation and inspiration I can find. Because? Being broke sucks.