Its not how much you saved its how much you spent.Basically,just because you can get it 505 off doesn't mean its a good deal if 1.you don't need it,2.You haven't compared prices elsewhere,3.Something else will do the job just as well.
Food shopping and eating out can be the biggest leak in my budget. So for me, to shop loss leaders, use coupons, shop with a list, have a meal plan, cook from scratch and limit eating out, are the things I do to keep on track.
Don't go shopping very often, but when you do have a detailed list, coupons, buy the loss leaders, AND keep my freezer full of meat bought at the butcher's (it's less expensive and better tasting). That way I don't have to run to the store for meat for supper=spending more than I intended.
You really don't need new clothes as long as you take care of the ones you have. Most of the people I know who are in credit card debt have closets full of clothes that they've bought, and yet they can't remember where all the money went. Also, garage sale or hand-me-down furniture is just as nice as new, expensive stuff if you keep it clean.
~Cook from scratch when possible
~Try fixing everything first
~Use your library!!!!
~Learn to talk to other people - many times if you need something, someone else has that thing and is willing to give it to you free or for very little $
-stay out of the mall!!! :blind:
-put money away every month into a separate account
-have money deducted out of your account for an RRSP (IRA)
-pay off your credit cards and cut them up (leave one for an emergency-hide it)
-use less soap detergent etc.
Use less when you can (laundry soap,etc)
There is a Big difference between want and Need!!
Cook from scratch and use a menu
Leave dh home as much as you can when at the stores.
Make do with what you have, if something needs fixed do it quickly don't let it wait.
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