Didn’t buy ankle boots and tees and tops except for a $5 tee at Sam’s. Instead I mended sweaters and made do with the shoes I already had. I will need shoes and tees eventually, but will wait for lower prices.
Didn’t buy new phonics and math homeschool workbooks even though though we finished the ones we had. Instead I borrowed Ordinary Parents Guide to reading from the library and used the Singapore Math 2b books I found that my older son barely used. We were using Math in Focus 1b, but he seems to be doing fine. I will have to see what additional topics we need to cover.
Minimized grocery shopping to rice milk, eggs, etc. Instead we are using up what we already have, even if it means more work or less of our favorite quick foods.
Have been drinking tea we already have instead of coffee, and staying away from sugar, mostly to try to increase my energy.
Reading other blogs and simplifying things has helped greatly in being able to do these things. Simplifying and mending/taking care of my clothes, books, and food and reading blogs that made do with what they already had, decreased our clothing, books and food purchases.
Reading blogs featuring debt/mortgage payoffs has motivated me more to find ways to do without while still feeling content. I think that after simplifying a little, my mind was more clear and I was able to attempt to stay healthy physically and mentally. I think that better health will help with being creative with resources and being content.
How about you? What has helped you save?