How Do You Save Money?
When we moved into our house almost a year ago, we knew it was going to need cosmetic updates. We wanted to live in it first before choosing paint colors, buying a dining room set, etc. But in that year, we’ve done nothing to the house and non-cosmetic issues having to do with the plumbing and electricity have come up. We bought this house from an elderly couple and putting it through the rigors of family life with two young boys and a dog are pushing the old systems to their limits.
So now we find ourselves having to work home repair into an already stretched budget. We also have quite a few family weddings to attend this year, resulting in added expenses. I realize that we are luckier than some. We both have jobs, can afford food and good quality child care, and can pay our bills. We’re squirreling away money for Disney, have made our deposits on summer camp and have our kids enrolled in extra curriculars like swimming lessons and music therapy. As we do this though, I find myself wondering where we can cut corners. I know that every little bit counts so am trying to come up with ways to save a few dollars here and there so we can easily afford life’s little extras.
How do you save money? Do you clip coupons and meal plan according to what’s on sale? Did you cancel your cable and home phone using internet and mobile phones only? Do you make your own cleaning products? What about making bread or yogurt, etc.? I’d love to get a conversation started on tried and true money saving tips that are easy to follow. Will you join me over on the Bright Horizons Online Community to share what you’ve learned about saving and help me fill up my piggy bank?