Hello everyone and welcome to my new series “Living Big on Less Money.”
If you follow me on Facebook or if you are a follower of this blog, you know that Big is an employee of the Federal Prison System.
If you have been following the news recently, you also know that all Federal employees are being sequestered. This means, for Big anyway, one day out of every 2 weeks that we will be a no work/no pay day. This will effect us. It will effect many people in a small way, but many in a very big way. What it means for us is that we must find learn to live on about $300 per month less.
Big and I sat down last Sunday and did some serious looking at our spending.
There are some areas that cannot be cut, i.e. – house payment, car payment, insurance, etc. Then there are those areas that can use a little (a lot) of shaving, i.e. – utilities, groceries and “wild” money. You know, the money you use to shop, go to the movies, rent movies, impulse buying!
So this series is about learning and re-learning ways to cut down on expenses and live more frugally on less money. I, by no means, am the smartest person when it comes to things like this. I am no expert.
I am learning. I hope you will come on this journey with me. My hope is that you will share ways your family lives on less and still Lives Big.
I will have a place at the end of every post for you to link your ideas. This link party will stay on the post for a month or longer. That way, everyone who comes to this series will be able to see what you have to share.
This is not a party. There will be no winners of prizes. There will be no “most clicked” or anything like that. What there will be (I hope) are friends pulling together during rough times and sharing tips and tricks with each other. I hope we will all be able to learn from each other.
So, that being said, lets get on with it!
For me, one thing that I find that saves me money is to be organized. (I have to admit, I am a little freaky when it comes to list and calendars. )
I found the Freezer Inventory that is shown below at FrugalLiving.about.com. I have had this list laying around the house for over 6 months and have been meaning to get serious about filling it out. Well if finally happened.
Big and I took an hour or so and dug through all three of our freezers and took inventory. My hands froze, but we got it done. There were things in there that I couldn’t even remember buying!
Needless to say, we are now making sure we are eating some of the “hidden” goodies that were shoved in the back of the freezer! I am sorry to say, there were things that ended up in the trash. I felt very wasteful. I know that I will be keeping up with this inventory.
Do you need to inventory your freezer? What about any other part of the kitchen or house? I would love to hear about it.
Now on to you. Link up any of your posts that would help others save money and live a better life.