I hang about half of each load of laundry on a wooden rack in the house, then dry the rest after the second load;
in the winter, my husband won't let me turn the furnace down below 20 degrees Celcius at night, so I won't let him turn it up higher than 20 degrees Celcius during the day!
I stock up on meat or produce that's on sale and freeze it. I often do this with bell peppers. I just chop them up, then use them on nachos or in chili or whatever.
I make my own taco seasoning, which is healthier, too!
I buy my eyeglasses online at zennioptical.com for as little as $8.00 for a complete set! (and no, I don't get anything for promoting it, tho I wish I owned stock in the company)
We moved out of the big city to a small town nearby, where housing is less expensive and we work from home.
We consulted with a financial planner. You might be surprised at what they can do for you! Working with the same income, we were able to buy a minivan on payments and maintain our same lifestyle!
We don't watch much TV, so commercials can't lure us or our kids into thinking we need to buy stuff that we don't really need. We are more aware of the difference between wants and needs.
We give ourselves an allowance of "fun money" that we can spend however we want, without consulting each other. The amount varies according to our monthly commissions. If we want something big, we have to save for it.
We shop at thrift stores for our clothes, and exchange kids clothes with family members.
We have cut back on our Christmas expenses, in the last few years. We buy or make gifts that are appropriate to our income level, rather than trying to keep up with our more affluent family members or friends. We all buy gifts for neices and nephews, but not our siblings.
We rarely eat out! AND, make my sons snacks for school, rather than buying them.
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