I've often wondered what people think when they read some of my money saving ways. I remember posting something quite a few years ago that was very uncommon and had responses as to "why in the world would you do that?"
This is why I sometimes do things that seem radical to others in order to save money:
I have a plan...
and the plan is to eventually (hopefully) live on only my husband's disability check (when Miss Alice no longer needs my help) which is under $2,000 a month.
My current budget is set at this amount and I'm practicing each month how to live on only his check. It's difficult but I'm thankful that I have some time to practice. Groceries are still the hardest since prices continue to rise. I use my part time paycheck for 'extras' and savings. We had a plumbing bill this weekend so my check will pay for things like that.
This is how I look at it... I would rather practice 'radical' money saving ways than work extra hours outside my home. This is my preference. I would rather be cold in the winter and hot in the summer than work outside my home. I would rather cook everything from scratch than work more hours outside my home. I would rather make my own laundry detergent than work outside the home. I see these.. not as inconveniences.. but as a lifestyle choice that will help reach our goal.
Life is more hectic when I work outside the home and it effects my relationships.. even if just a little.. but sometimes it's a lot. I struggle with impatience when I'm torn in too many directions and my husband knows this very well. That is why he asks that I keep my outside commitments to a minimum.
I personally just miss being in my home full-time and especially now since my husband is home full-time. I've been a homemaker the majority of my married life except for these past few years since he became disabled. Most of the previous years I did something from the home to make extra money. I ran a used homeschool book business from my home for 10 years. I've done sewing, ironing, babysitting, surveys and typing.. all in an attempt to make extra money so I could be a full-time homemaker.
Everyone has their reasons why they live frugally. For me, personally, it's a small thing to live radically frugal because the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience.
How about you? Are there some things you do that others think are radical in order to achieve an important goal?
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