1. Cancel the Cable T.V. Yep, as much as Jeremy will hate to miss his fishing shows, this is a big waste of money! I find that we use Netflix more than cable television anyhow – in fact, I’m even considering getting a vpn for netflix to see if that will unlock more content from other countries that we don’t have on Netflix over here. Plus, we could always add in Hulu and still not pay anywhere close to what the cable expense is. I’m not sure if we can run Hulu Plus through the Wii as we do with Netflix, so we may need to make a small investment into the Roku LT Streaming Player.
2. Cancel our Land Line. What a waste of money this is monthly! Why have I let it go on this long? Stupidity I guess. We mainly use our cell phones. We do need some sort of number to use for other business, but I am looking into magicJack Plus. If you use this or have any input, I would love to hear from you in the comments.
3. Find a smaller house to rent. If I could get Jeremy to agree, I would totally ditch all of our stuff and move in to an RV while we save for and build our home. Better yet, if I could get him to build me a Tiny Home…how awesome would that be? But, since he isn’t convinced, I will continue to search for a smaller cheaper home for us to rent while we do what we have to do to get our home built.
4. Practice monthly no spending challenges. This is a task on my 101 in 1001 list and I hope to get started in January! Basically…you only spend money on your monthly necessities. This would include rent, utilities, groceries, toiletries, medicine if you need it and nothing else. No water bottle from the gas station, no snack while on the go, no eating out, no makeup, no extras! I don’t think this will be hard at all.
5. Food Co-op. Get back into using Bountiful Baskets. This is a great resource and a fun way to create new recipes. I have had great luck with Bountiful Baskets and it can really save you some money. I am thinking I need to step it up to 2 orders though to cover my family.
6. Preserve. This goes along with the food co-op. I need to be sure to preserve some of the food so it doesn’t get wasted. I have a great Excalibur Dehydrator and can make some great snacks as well as preserve the food for later use. I also taught myself how to can, so I can make jams and preserve other things this way as well.
7. Stay home more often. The more you leave the house, the more you are at risk of spending. Stay home and don’t spend.
8. Barter more often. This is something I have done often, but I could totally step my bartering up.
9. Buy a deep freezer. Yes, I know that is spending money. However, buying a deep freeze will save us money. Maybe I can barter for one?
10. Buy a Vacuum Sealer. Another initial expense, but in order to stock up and freeze food, I need to make sure that it is packaged properly.
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