Yes, we are in a recession. Yes, the Nation’s Unemployment Rate is the highest it’s been in 20+ years. (article here)
So, what do we do?
I have been getting lots of emails about cost saving measures, and I have been trying to make cuts where I can, especially since we are down to one income right now since I was laid off. But going to one income from 2, is a challenge. Where did all that money go?
For us it was mostly consumables, we are foodies, and I love good bath products. Also, I did spend a lot of clothing. Time used to be too precious to stake out a sale or hunt at Marshalls, TJMaxx or Filene’s Basement. Now, if I need something, I would rather hunt than pay. A few months ago, I made a trip to Marshalls and was reminded of the great deals you can find – I found a $300 suit for $30! And it’s paid off, I have worn it to 2 job interviews now.
So, for all of us trying to save money, I will share some links (if you don’t already know them)
Why is this on the mind? Because we are all going through it. Yesterday, DH and I had pizza cravings, but only a few dollars in cash (I always forget to get cash). Plus, I want us to make sure we are sticking to this budget I created this month, and I would rather have a nice date this Saturday (we have babysitters after all) So, I looked at him, and said, give me a few minutes… and 15 minutes later, pizza was made with items from the fridge. It tasted great! And was healthier too! Here’s the recipie – you have all the food in your fridge too:
- Pita Bread
- Tomato sauce (just a jar of Ragu because it was10 for $10.00 deal)
- Mozzarella cheese (in our case, in the string cheese type, I had to shred it)
- Feta cheese
- Pizza seasoning on top
I put it in the oven for a few minutes, and 45 seconds in our broiler (our oven runs hot) and voila! And LM loved it! (He loves pita)
I know, this is no surprise to more experienced Moms. But, hey, this is a learning process. And I am trying to treat each day as an adventure.