Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Slashing the budget.
Recent events have made it so that we will have a car payment for the first time in 2.5 yrs...so I am slashing things from the budget in the hopes to pay off this new vehicle ASAP! My big girl will take a break from piano lessons- she wasn't loving it right now anyways, so hopefully when she gets back to it she will really enjoy it! I am attempting to cut the grocery budget by $60- which will put us at $300 a month for 5 people..plus the cat and lizard. I am also nixing the newspaper subscription! (which is only $8 but every little bit helps!) I have been throwing around the idea of working for a direct sales company again to try to bring in an extra $100/month but it may be tough because it would be online only sales. (plus I have to come up with $50 start up costs!) We will see what transpires.
In the coming days and weeks you will see LOTS of frugal posts from me! I used to be way better, but since our budget got looser for a while I didn't pinch the pennies quite as much- but we are back at it!! Right now I am making chicken stock from a whole chicken I cooked for dinner tonight, which also gave me enough leftover meat for 2 casseroles (yes sorry kids, its casserole time again!) and a pot of chicken stock. I am not sure what I am going to use the stock for yet, but I know it freezes well, and I didn't want any part of the chicken to go to waste. I will be trying my hand at homemade yogurt in the crockpot and possibly homemade mozzarella cheese! So keep your eye out for some great upcoming posts!!