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)
- Coupon Mom (as seen on Today Show)
- Cool Savings
- I’d Rather Be Shopping (good for online shopping)
- The Bag (Featuring recipes, shopping list, and tips on the blog. The deals are mostly for Columbus, but the tips are universal!)
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.