How do you stay on a budget? My friend blogged about this and I thought I would too (good idea, Abby!).
Anyway,here are mine...
$ I don't go shopping. When money is tight, I simply avoid all malls, restaurants, grocery stores, Wal-mart etc. I don't go for anything. This means cloth washrags instead of paper towels, etc. but we survive!
$ (similar to one)I just don't buy food for a week. We eat what is in the cupboard, freezer and fridge. We've never starved! Yes, you can go a full week or even longer without spending money!!
$ I really like e-mealz.com it saves me tons of time and probably some money too, b/c I'm not going in and out of the store everyday. Plus, we actually like the recipes. I chose the Wal-Mart low fat plan. The food costs around 75 a week and that is for a 4-5 person family. We usually have leftovers, so food budget is 100 a week for five. For produce Aldi's for sure!
$ At one point during med skl we were down to 30 a week for groceries. I split powdered milk with whole milk and used powdered eggs. It worked, but I admit, wasn't fun!
$ Oats and rice instead of boxed cereal. Turkey in place of beef.
$ I try to make homemade gifts thoughtful, but not pricey. Gifts can really cost us.
$ Always pay tithes and fast offerings!
$ I also admit to listening to Dave Ramsey. Tune in for a debt free Friday. I find it inspirational to hear people scream, "I'm debt free!" and it reminds me of our long term goals. I agree with the majority of what he says, and like I said, it is a friendly reminder.
okay, that is it for now.