- March 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm #256678
Well, I have always tried to live with a tightened belt. Currently, hubby is laid off. I make all of our meals, lunches for work, etc.
at home. I use the slow cooker a lot. It makes a large amount of food, which I can then serve for a meal or two, freeze the rest and bring it back out in a few days.
I am about to fire up the bread machine. A loaf of bread is $2-3 here at our local grocery stores. Those sandwiches for hubby to take to work for lunches add up.
Any tips on inexpensive sandwich fillers? Even Peanut Butter is pricey here. We combine trips.
We cut cable to the bone, just enough to keep our high speed internet service. I work from home when I can and take the bus when I have to go into the office. That helps with gas.
My hubby has been out job hunting since the layoff happened. He has a few
promising leads. Please pray for his success.
Thanks! Laundry goes on the clothesline – esp. his jeans.
All sweaters get laid out. Most can’t be dried anyhow. We do the towels in the dryer, along with the baby’s underclothes.
I like his t-shirts to be nice and soft for him. Fill a thermos with hot chocolate or coffee and take it with you when you go out (and when you go to work). Take a water cooler filled with ice water and take a few tumblers out of the cabinet.
Keeps you from running into the quickie mart places for a bottle of water when you are out. Spend time on the weekends baking snacks for lunches. My hubby likes chocolate chip cookies and brownies, so I just whip up a batch every few days and send him on his way with a few each lunch.
I got chips on sale during the holidays and right after when they were
marked WAY down. Popped them into the freezer so they don’t go rancid. Looked up a few recipes in my Bisquick cookbook yesterday.
Will be making a quiche type thing this week. It has ham & eggs in it. I have a piece of ham in the freezer that will fit the bill.
Always shop with a grocery list and coupons. Before you buy 3 for $1, ask if the price is just $0.33 for one and get just the one you need. Big batches of homemade soups, chili are great for meals.
Make pancakes & eggs for meals. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – all work…and quite inexpensive. Boil a dozen eggs and eat a couple for breakfast or lunch each day.
Easy to transport, high in protein, filling and less expensive than hitting the fast food places for them. Take toast to work, or just the bread, if you have access
to a toaster. Open up your boiled egg, put it on top and breakfast is done.
Fill up a set of salt & pepper shakers and leave them in your desk drawer. I fill mine from the bulk size salt & pepper I got at the grocery store months ago. Herlean
wrote: With gas prices hovering at $3.50 a gallon in our area things are
getting really bad. I am extremely lucky to be in a profession
where there is something of a shortage but most people in Michigan
are not so lucky. Even though I am working, my adult, married kids
are in financial trouble and I am helping them out as much as
I don’t want to get flamed because I chose to help out my
adult children and would not go to the extremes I do
except they are
out looking for jobs continously.
My daughter and her husband both have jobs that have cut back so no
health insurance is paid. They both work 36 hours a week and
recently my daughter had an allergic reaction that put her in the
hospital for 3 days. They both make $9 per hour.
They do not drive
new cars, have computers or internet or cable tv. They are doing ok
at this point but have no extras when things break or cars need to
My son and his wife have a 3 year old. He makes $8 and she was laid
off. She cannot get unemployment because in Mich you have to work
18 consective months to qualify and she only worked 17 1/2.
cannot get on WIC because their daughter is healthy and she is
number 478 on the waiting list. The state says they earn too much
for any other type of assistance. Of course his business also only
works him 36 hours a week so no health insurance. They need the
most help. His take home pay is under $230 a week and their very
basic living expenses for housing is $790. The rest goes for gas
for him to get to work.
I help buy them food and extra gas money.
Things need to get better in this state because a whole lot of
people are really hurting!
Here are some things all of us do to save money…
Hang all clothes to dry. I hang in the basement and the kids put
everything on hangers and hang them on the shower rod and in the
closet leaving the door open. This includes underclothes, pants,
The only thing any of us dry is towels because they
tend to get a foul odor.
My husband and I are the only ones with cable TV and internet
access. If things get any worse these things will go as well. A
couple days a week all the family gets together for dinner and to
watch movies…this allows the other access to the computer to
search for jobs.
We got the
family plan for phones and each have a phone. We all
live in different homes but it works for us and costs much less than
if we all had seperate accounts. No land lines for any of us.
We shop very carefully and make up pre-packaged meals once a week
and all take our share home. We drink mostly water or tea, no pop.
The granddaughter gets 2 glasses of milk a day to grow properly. We
NEVER eat out.
Absolutely no food goes to waste. Peelings from
vegetables to in the freezer to make stock from. Bones from food go
in the freezer as well to later make soup.
I bought seeds on sale at 10/$1 and we will have a family garden…I
am a gardener but now this will be a family project. No store
bought seed starting equipment. I made growing pots from newspaper
and filled with compost from the pile.
Sunday is trash night and we get the weekly newspaper at that time
from the neighbor (with his permission). We then read it
next few days. I then shred and use as animal bedding for my
granddaughter’s guinea pig.
When the cage is cleaned the litter
goes in the compost bin.
Of course, we all drive the minimum to save gas. As soon as it
stays above 50 degrees my son will take a bike to work as will I.
He is 6 miles from work and I am 4.
Anyone else care to share how you have tightened your belts?
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