Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The holidays have almost gone, phew. It seems hard to save money during the holidays. We didn't do too bad I had a coupon for a free meal one night we just added a couple salads and made in dinner for five with drinks around 7.00, just goes to show you it pays to read your receipts clearly. :o)
My daughters 18th bday is fast approaching, I know she wants a laptop or a car but we just can't afford those items. I will have to come up with something.
I got a job and will start on Monday just in time seeing how the hubby's job ends this Friday. It will be over $800 less a month then we get now. I am scared out of my mind he thinks we will be fine but I just don't see how. I have cut all the bills back, deferred all student loans. I try to buy cheap meals and we don't drive unless we have too. Hopefully the job will keep me busy and the hubby will control the books well.
I am going to challenge myself to write a letter/post card a week for 52 weeks. Wish me luck. In case I am not back Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

dining out

So we usually eat Pizza (Carry Out) 1 or 2 a week. We had some last Thursday 9 Dec for my youngest bday, grandpa and uncle Allen came up. And we didn't have any until today. My husband coach's a U10 soccer team and it was the end of season party so we went and ate.
Let me tell you what a struggle it was for me to not pick up the phone and call in an order, but we made it everyone except Nick the youngest took a turn cooking. I think we are getting better at being frugal,
Christmas sure throws a wrench into things. I guess if i was prepared I could have found things at second hand stores, but to be honest the blog is called looking for the Simple life and it is simple to go to Target and Walmart to shop.
I need to do better my husband will be losing his job at the end of the month we have some savings but not enough.

5 days until Christmas are you ready?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A reader plans 12 freebies on his birthday

A reader plans 12 freebies on his birthday

So my birthday, my husbands and my 17 yo daughter all have are bdays next month. So let me see what I can do.

best way to save!

Stay home! LOL!
You think that's funny but it is true. If I stay home and make do with the food we have then I save money and use up what we have in the cabinets.

Friday, December 10, 2010

cutting back

So I feel bad we really haven't cut back much this week it was Nick's birthday so I bought a cake for $20. and pizza another $20. and of course the $89 DS lite.
I called the cellphone company and cut back on my bill some more I reduced the minutes $20 saved and lowered the data plan to $15 that is a $35. savings. I wish I could cancel it all together but that is a hefty fee.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

need to find a way to stop spending as much

I hate grocery shopping to being with but then I try to find ways to save money and it's hard. People say use coupons, buy what's on sale, and get the no name brand.

I try to use coupon but since I usually buy the no name brand it is cheaper that way the items I want aren't always on sale so then what?

It can be so frustrating trying to save money.