My husband and I are absurd savers of money.
Truth be told, I get nausea when I spend chunks of cash. Even though we are virtually debt free, we've ramped up our quest to keep our money close to home in response to his job loss.
Some things have to go. So, we are:
- Very regrettably parting ways with the cleaning lady;
- Bundling our internet, phone, television services;
- Switching from boutique to bulk as I say goodbye to Alice and hello to Sam;
- Eating at home more and out less; and
- Reevaluating home and auto insurance rates.
Some things have to stay - family vacations, hair salon color and designer frames.
We are not into deprivation so are scaling back intentionally and not without some thought. I know that this will carry us much beyond our current situation.
How do I know this?
By my own irritation at myself when I look back over the years and realize just how much money I've blown. I spent it because I had it and now, I want it back. Hmph.
If you've cut costs in your household, what made the biggest difference for you? And what was your non-negotiable? You had a non-negotiable, didn't you? I do.
There is simply no Nice and Easy for me.