Monday, October 6, 2008

Marriage Monday:Finances

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We are looking at finances for marriage Monday. In particular how to deal with this tough economic time. Somethings that my family has been doing to help make our dollar go further are:

1. Eat at home more often.

2. Pack more snacks to take with us when we are out so we are not always dropping $20 at an unhealthy drive through.

3. Buying groceries from a store that offers points towards discounted gas.

4. Not buying the kids anymore toys until Christmas.

5 Throwing away catalogs as soon as they come in. That reduces to temptation to unneccissarily buy.

6. Canceled a trip...well indefinitely put off. We have really wanted to take a vacation to Philadelphia but after looking at how much it would cost us in gas, hotel (the biggest expense), food, museum fees and other stuff we decided we just needed to put it on the back burner.

Well these may not be the best ideas to save money and they are working for us. The times are tough and we still need to dramatically cut back. Our big ticket spending is through the roof.


Amydeanne said...

packing the snacks! I actually leave a box of whatever in the van b/c someone is always asking for a snack when we get in there!!!

Denise said...

I like your tips, thanks for sharing.

Miriam Pauline said...

Finding things that work for each individual family is the challenge. Thanks for sharing what is working for you!

Andrea said...

I'm so glad these tips are working for your family. They are great. I, too, ditch catalogs I don't use as soon as they come and know I've spent less because of it. You can also go to to have your name taken off the mailing list. Another idea is to call them as soon as you receive the catalog and have them remove your name that way as well.

Thanks for sharing your insight. I had a nice time looking around:)

Sheila said...

Good frugal tips! Packing snacks really does cut down on last minute drive thru stops and such!

Anonymous said...

This is excellent: Throwing away catalogs as soon as they come in. That reduces to temptation to unnecessarily buy. Catalogue shopping is SO convenient, but not when our budgets are tight!

Thanks for joining us for Marriage Monday today, Karin.

e-Mom @ Chrysalis

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