Thursday, November 8, 2012
A New Beginning!
So today, I am starting a new beginning. One of looking out for my family better than I ever have. After all, charity begins at home. There is no one more important in my life than DH, my sons, my DIL's, my grandaughter and my grandson.
DH and I have always been very charitable to other people. We have given large donations every year to church organizations, the food bank, many organizations who help the poor, etc. We have even helped out some of my blog readers who were in need because of job loss at Christmas time with money for food and toys for their children. They know who they are. Sadly, we will be cutting way back on that because we need to take care of our own family. That is not something that I want to do but this economy is forcing my hand. We need to take care of our own. So until the economy gets better which I don't see coming any time soon, charity will stay within my family. I will still be making donations to the food bank in the way of food that I get free at the supermarkets. But for now that is all.
In the coming days, weeks and months, we will be watching every penny. We have to to guarantee our future and a future for our children and grandchildren. That is our main goal with all of the saving that we do.
I will be tightening up the purse strings on many things that we have never tightened on before. We have already started by cutting our Christmas budget. Our children and grandchildren will still get lots of gifts but we have cut way back on the number of gifts. We are no longer buying gifts for for our siblings. I am seriously considering not sending Christmas cards this year. The cost of postage is high when you have been sending 30-35 cards every year. So I think a Christmas e-mail will suffice. DH and I are still considering this one. I will be cutting back on how much baking I do and delicacies we have at the holidays. We don't need the carbs or the calories or need to spend so many dollars on that kind of thing.
We will be tightening almost every day. I spend a lot of time thinking about everything before I do it so as to make it or do it as economically as possible. Please join me in watching your own purse strings.
I filled the gasoline tank in the van yesterday saving $ .20 a gallon. We will not be doing much driving this winter except for real necessities and that will be limited to one day every week or two. I have stockpiled most of our necessities for this winter and will finish that in the next couple of weeks. We will mostly purchase juice, milk and fresh produce this winter. We have many frozen veggies in the freezer along with about a 9 month supply of meat. So the van will stay in the garage most of the time.
We will be spending our time at home making our food from scratch and doing what we can to cut down on monthly bills like utility bills. I am seriously considering cancelling the DVD portion of our Netflix subscription and only getting the streaming. That will cut the bill by 50%.
Yesterday, I cut every smidgen of meat off of our turkey. I made a pot of turkey soup from chunks of the dark meat, rice, carrots and celery( from the freezer that I had sliced and flash frozen) and canned corn from the stockpile. I made broth from the carcass and skin and bits of meat that you just can't get off the carcass. The soup will make 3 meals for us. The white breast meat we are using for sandwiches. The rest of the dark meat was diced and frozen for casseroles and stir fries.
I also washed three loads of wash in the HE and used my HE dryer to dry them. I made sure to use only as many minutes as was needed to dry them. I made sure to fold and hang them the minute they were done. We don't let them sit in this household and then have to heat the dryer back up to get the wrinkles out. That is a waste of money. By doing successive dryer loads, the dryer doesn't have to reheat back up which is a money saver. When they were done, I left the dryer door open to allow the residual heat to come out into our living spaces. Why close the door right away and waste it. I do this with the oven when I am done using it also.
We finally had some sunshine yesterday and today. So I opened the energy saving pleated shades on the sunnyside of the house and closed them and opened others as the sun worked it's way from East to West. Any little thing I can do to save on the heat bill, I will. It is so cold here today that it is after 10 AM and there is still frost on the roof and ground. The furnace is running and running.
Yesterday one of the handles on my purse broke. I looked at it to see if I could repair it. There was no way. I knew that I had to get a new one. But then, I remembered that I might have an older one that was still in good shape. Sure enough, I found it. It's still stylish and in good shape so I won't be running out to spend money on a new one.
I also needed a new baby card so I looked through my box of cards and didn't have one. So I made one on the computer. It turned out really cute and is pictured above. I felt it was quite apropos for a New Beginning post. I keep a box of invitation envelopes that fit these cards perfectly. Now I have to find a shipping box that I can reuse to ship the gift.
I am battling a sinus headache today so I need to go and rest a while plus this is getting long. I don't want to bore you.
But before I go, I have a question for you? I have been posting weekly the things we do to save money around here. Do you like the weekly post or would you rather, when I have the time, read them daily as we do them?
Feel free to leave a comment and share with us what you are doing to cut back in your household.