So recently Dental Student and I reevaluated our budget (not just our Havi budget that we feature monthly) and decided that we needed to make some general cutbacks! I was reading my favorite magazine, Real Simple, (which Dental Student's parents awesomely got me a subscription to through Cousin Danny's magazine fundraiser for his school band) and saw some fun ideas for cutting back.
Here is how Dental Student and I are starting:
-Dunkin Donuts. I live for iced coffee. Specifically, Dunkin Donuts. But my addiction is costing us $100 a month, and now that DD cancelled their rewards program, its time for Law Student to cancel her addiction. Dental Students brother and sister-in-law gave us a Tassimo, so I'm going to suck it up and try for at-home coffee.
-Weight Watchers. I am a Lifetime Member, but once in a while needs the push of eTools (a function you need to pay $39.95 for). I decided this $40 a month is not worth it, when I could ask relevant questions and points values in meetings. I also just learned eTools may now be free for Lifetime Members! Score!
-Eating Out. I was having way too many meals out of the home. Although I make breakfast and lunch for us everyday, and Dental Student cooks 4 times a week, we decided that we should only eat out once a week, and that includes nixing pizza night. We also have a weekly Fresh Direct grocery budget of $60 we always stick to,so that gives us more than enough food!
-Havi. We are going to aim to only do three walks a week instead four a month for a little extra pocket change.
We need your help! What are simple cutbacks you've made and can suggest to us? We're thinking of doing a monthly budget feature of our own...
Also, we cannot afford to donate right now. But some of our awesome friends are doing great fundraisers, so we wanted to help by promoting!
Our Waldo Bungie - Makes the most awesome pup sweaters ever! She did a quick feature of them today! LOVE THEM, were saving up to get Havi one, they are only $30! Sometimes the money goes to their foster pup, Ginger Rogers (we are not sure if they still are doing this fundraiser).
Sirius Republic - Havi pines to be a Sirius Republic girl, maybe for Hanukkah! Sirius donates a portion of their funds to shelters.
SuperLevi - Havi loves to help her blog friends. SuperLevi's awesome foster parents are being amazing as per usual! There is an awesome raffle going on where the money goes to SuperLevi's eye care fund. You can participate in a fundraising walk, and receive a bandana or shirt.
-Frequency. I used to blog every weekday! What happened to that?! It made me so happy to update you on my life, get your comments, and learn from you. I need to bring this back.
-Facebook. I'm uploading everyday from now on...look out!
I turned 25 yesterday, and its never too late to turn it all around. These are the Blog and Monetary changes were making. Have you made any changes recently?!