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NO SPEND/Keeping things tight!

January 22nd, 2009 at 08:42 pm

Another day where I spent no money. Found some change cleaning out drawers and coats. In the notions jar it goes.

We still have not taken my wife's van in to get the back door handle fixed. We'll put it off as long as we can.

My friend who was in serious financial trouble is now operating with his head above water so I save that money now that I used to send him.

My budget is still out of whack so I have to eliminate some more expenses from my budget. Cutting into bone at this time!

NO clothes purchases this year. That is the goal and I have broken out the needle and thread. I am so glad my father insisted I learn basic needle and thread skills.

I volunteer with the town and I get a free family pool pass for the summer. That should save us upwards of $200. We used the pool extensively last year. I alos get the free use of a gym but have not used it yet!

Our local library is really great and you can get DVDs and CDs of really neat stuff. I am not renting anything ever again from the local Blockbuster!

Just hooked up the P3 4400 Kill A Watt Meter to my freezer in the basement. The wife and I will also check the fridge we have in the garage. This device measures kilowatt hour use by appliances. We can then see how much it is to run the appliance on a monthly basis. The results might make it worth it to buy a new freezer that is more efficient and cost effective. We will be checking out our large appliances first and then the smaller ones as we use them to see where we can cut electric usage!

What killed us this last bill was gas usage. We use gas to heat hot water, our house, the range top, and our clothes dryer! We have lowered the temp on the water heater again. We have lowered the heat as much as we can but MIL is 87 and cannot take the cold. Good thing we don't have a large house. I use the dryer to warm up the wet clothes and then hang them in the basement.I am also using cold water to wash everything except whites and under garments.Showers are being carefully watched to make sure they are as short as humanly possible.

I have ended several magazine subscriptions even though I enjoyed them.
I have a 25 dollar gift card to Barnes and Nobles but I will use this for a gift for someone thus saving more money!

I make most of my calls after 9 PM and on weekends with the cell phone. We got three cell phones for just a little over 100 dollars for extending for three years. Our phones were kind of beat up and so it was time. It really was a good deal.

I have given up driving for pleasure. I try to set a route out when I run errands in order to use as little gas as possible. The wife has been pretty good of late with this as well.

Wow! That was pretty long winded of me! Still saving as much as I can and spending as little as possible!

11 Responses to “NO SPEND/Keeping things tight!”

  1. homebody Says:

    Keep it up!

  2. midlight21 Says:

    Great ideas here on seriously watching the cash flow!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Good job, Paul!

  4. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I really am trying!WinkSmile

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Paul, you are doing all the right things. Awareness is a big key to staying afloat. I heard microwaves are a big energy hog...let us know if that is the case for you!

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Wow, Paul, that's amazing discipline and attention to detail! I hope I can do this if I ever need to cut my budget to the bone.

  7. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I was not aware that the microwave was such a energy hog. I'll find out. As for details....I guess that is the hardest part....

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Sounds like you are trying hard to find plugs to all the money holes. Good luck!

  9. PRICEPLUS Says:

    Thanks! I am doing my best!

  10. mjrube94 Says:

    Glad to see that the wife is on board...I know that was a big issue a while back. Good luck!

  11. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I tell you that having her on board is making life so much easier. We still have issues but it is much better!

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