Money-saving changes ahead for me

With getting ready to purchase a house (FOR THE FIRST TIME!), and move, and all of that, we've really put a halt on any extra spending these days. We're saving every penny! And we were frugal before! But, it seems there is never a shortage of ways to save money. Here are some ways I'm looking to save money right now, and things I'm considering for the very near future:
  1. Furniture re-dos—Once we move, I'll be looking to revamp some of our furniture, instead of buying newer stuff. There will be painting involved, and maybe even some added details. I have a vision, and a non-existent budget, so necessity will indeed be the mother of invention. I love getting my creative juices going. :o) Here's an example of one of the pieces I plan to work on:

    A fresh coat of paint, new (2nd-hand, of course) hardware, and some creative details will make this dresser something to show off!
  2. Composting—I've been wanting to do this for a long time. I have a lot to learn, but when we move, I would really like to start doing this!
  3. Alternative feminine products—Greener, more economical ways to deal with good ol' Aunt Flo. :o) I know this may sound weird, and it might be a completely foreign concept to some of you. I've been doing some research on this, and found this post from Simply Organic to be extremely helpful. We use cloth diapers for our child—why not use greener alternative methods myself, instead of dropping valuable $$ on things I'm just throwing away?
  4. No more eating out—This will actually be healthier and cheaper, all at once.
  5. Continue shopping for second-hand everything!
  6. Re-think gifts—(see the post from Simply Organic, again)No, we're not going to stop giving gifts for birthdays and holidays. We just need to re-think them, and consider home-made gifts, gifts of experience (zoo memberships, etc.), home-crafted baked goods, etc.—things that mean more, create memories, cost less, and aren't just more "stuff"!
  7. Keep the car. We've been really tempted to sell our car and get a (*gasp*) minivan (or something functional like that). But, we only have a short amount of time left to pay on our car. It's reliable, even though it's cramped, and it would be better to continue paying it off so that we can eliminate that payment and possibly get something else down the road. It's worth it to put up with being cramped, so that we can save some money and eliminate this debt quickly.
These are just a few things I've been thinking about lately. If you have other ideas, please share! I'm looking for creative ways to pinch pennies and stay smart about our money. It's good to eliminate the fat in our budget! But, it's also really good for me to be reminded to take a good look at wants vs. needs, and how I can re-fresh the things we have without running out to buy the latest and the greatest. I want to be a good steward of the things we have and the money we make—especially as we venture into this new age of home-ownership!


care-in said...

We're keeping the car too...hopefully we'll be able to get a new one before the girls feet go through the bottom and their heads through the roof!

I had to check the link on the feminine products!!

You must share your gift ideas when you think of them.

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Paula said...

Congratulations on the purchase of a home! I hope everything goes smoothly for you. I just happened upon your site today while looking at chandelier remakes. I'm an avid couponer and save an average of $100 a week, but I'm sure you are probably doing that already. As far as furnishing your new home...I wanted to share an AMAZING site with you that I can't stop raving about! Have you heard of www.Kock-OffWood.com? Pottery Barn inspired pieces for a fraction of the cost! And it's really easy to build yourself with Ana's easy instructions! Check it out! I was never interested in woodworking at all until I stumbled across her site.

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