- 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:
- 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!
- 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?
- No more eating out—This will actually be healthier and cheaper, all at once.
- Continue shopping for second-hand everything!
- 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"!
- 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.
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: