When I worked in corporate America, I made a great deal of money. I knew the day I walked away from my job that all that liquid asset, every fancy dinner, trip, and extravagance was going with it.
I didn't really mind. I have a spouse who could easily support me. Other than the new house, we owe nothing. And by my very nature, I'm a frugal person. BUT...I do feel pangs of guilt when Greg pays all the bills. Moreover, it's a little hard on my feminist ego. :grin: Even though we're a team, I've always been proud to foot my share of the bills.
To compensate, I do everything in my power to keep our bills low and put a lot of effort into the garden and chickens.
I ask for no money from Greg to supplement my daily expenses, and except for the last feed store trip (when he did the shopping during my unfortunate near-death experience), I also pay for chicken food and supplies. All this from my meager earnings as a writer.
Since Marian Perera reminded me I haven't done a Prudent Penny post in a while, I've made a list of some of the things I do to keep my expenses down. Every Friday for the next six weeks, I'll break down how I work with each one of these items.
Coupons: I used to be a coupon clipper but I found I didn't often use the name brands they were discounting. In week one, I'll tell you how I browse coupons. I don't use many, but they're always high dollar or free products. I'll include Comparison Shopping here too.
Week Two (NEW)
Travel: Since you asked for it, we'll talk about how to save your wampum when traveling.
Menu planning: I hate cooking. But a little menu planning not only saves my sanity on what to make, but moolah as well. I'll also include a list of my favorite cookbooks.
Cheap landscaping: Landscaping is very expensive. I haven't yet found a way to make it free, but I have a few tricks so you don't have to open a vein.
Garage Sales: If I could offer a live workshop on garage saling, I would. Shopping at garage sales have so much nuance to it, it's easier to demonstrate than explain it in words. --but I'll do the best I can. Though if you happen to be in my neck of the woods some Saturday, I will take you with me on my next jaunt.
How to buy a car: Next to house buying, car buying is one of the most stressful things you will do in your life. I'll share our personal adventures in car buying and how not to get taken for a ride.
If you can think of any other topics you want to discuss, feel free to add them in the comments. If I have experience with it, I'll share it and if I don't, I'll see what I can find out.
Tell me, if you could save money on anything, what would it be?