Ever since I stopped earning a salary, we've been getting creative in how we spend what does come in. So when I saw this on Kristine's blog, I thought it was pretty fitting.
When money’s a bit tight, how do you cut costs in keeping yourself fed?
We don't go out to eat; I cook from scratch, and I try to avoid the "gourmet" groceries.
When money’s a bit tight, how do you cut costs in keeping yourself entertained?
We go to places that are free, like the art museum and library, and we take long walks. Netflix is pretty cheap, too.
When money’s a bit tight, how do you cut costs in other areas of your life?
We stick to a budget, so we pretty much know how much to expect coming in from month to month. That said, when planning the budget, we cut back on line items such as vacations and home improvements. That way, if any extra money does come in (from a tax refund, say), we can put it back in. Also, we cancelled most of our newspaper subscriptions for now, and I switched to a cheaper cell phone plan. And I have discovered that you can find really cute clothes at Target!
When money’s a bit tight, what do you do to keep your spirits up?
Sometimes, just clearing out clutter fom our house feels good. It reminds us that we really have so much already. And there's nothing like a long walk in the neighborhood with a stop at the coffee shop, which reminds us that we don't need to spend a lot of money to have a great time together.
When money’s a bit tight, what are some things you refuse to sacrifice?
Organic food and the Sunday NY Times. My, we sound like yuppies. :)