Wednesday, January 16, 2008
WFMW: Ways to Save Bucks
Last Lent I used Hillbillyhousewife.com for inexpensive meal planning. It was not only an economic exercise but a spiritual one - seeing how simple we could live so that our celebration on Resurrection Sunday was that much more special and a contrast to how we ate everyday.
I'm also incorporating some things I learned from the nosdiet.com. This is a site that gives, really, some common sense tips for weight-loss. The founders' ideas are very simple.: No Snacks, No Seconds, No Sweets - except for days that begin with S or are Special. Besides helping me with portion-control it does cut down on purchasing food that should be purchased for special days (whiile 21st American lifestyle says we deserve those things everyday!)
Other sites I just hooked on to:
The Dollar Stretcher
Living On A Dime
There's a lot of over-lap between these sites. There are articles, tips, recipes to keep you busy and save money. Some habits I've developed: make my own laundry soap, bake my own bread, use powdered-milk in cooking, walking as exercise instead of paying for a gym, eating more beans and less meat. It's a learning process and I'm always tossing ideas which failed with my family and trying out new ones. If you have any ideas or sites to share, please do!