31 days

31 days – fall 2013 – easy ways to save

I love good deal and very rarely do I pay full price for something. So when we had finished our monthly budget and took a step back, I knew there could be ways to save, we just had to look a little bit harder.

One of the first and easiest quickest ways to reduce our spending was canceling our cable. It was hard for me to let go of HGTV and TLC and for Gary to say goodbye during college football season, but so far I’ve hardly missed it. We have a subscription to Netflix {which runs about $8/month} and that allows us to watch past seasons of things we like and the shows that are currently on tv, we usually just watch online the next day. So don’t go spoiling any shows for us! 🙂 Savings – $60/month.

The next way we save money is by eating dinners at home during the week. It’s crazy to think how much we are probably saving by doing this, since usually a meal cost anywhere between $15-$50 for the two of us.  Another added benefit of eating at home is the time we save since Gary often works later in the evenings. When we do go out to eat {usually once on the weekend}, its always a treat.  Savings – about $60-200 month.

So those are two simple ways to save a little over $100/month without even trying hard. And every penny counts, right?

What are some ways you save each month?

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31 days

31 days – fall 2013 – money

Let’s talk about the money, honey.

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Gary and I are 26 years old {until next Monday when I turn the big 2-7!}. We both finished college with student loans. We have cars that we were still paying off when we got married. We both held full time jobs post-college. We don’t have credit cards.

So with all of these factors, we’re learning new things about money and being accountable to one another as husband and wife.

Thankfully, with communicating, goal setting, budgeting, helpful tools, and finding ways to save, the lessons have been pretty easy so far.

Another lesson for me that has been big these days is contentment. It’s so easy to spend, spend, spend but I’ve been challenged these early days of marriage to be a little more thoughtful of my spending {more on this later in the series}.

Coincidentally, I read these verses in Hebrews 13 this morning that were a much needed reminder:

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have,
for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

What a sweet reminder. Only the Lord – who will never us or forsake us – is the only one who can truly satisfy.

Now excuse me, as I go print off these words to attach to my debit card.

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