Today I have been paying bills and trying to figure out where we can cut corners. I called Directv to see if we were still under contract. Well come to find out when our DVR broke in Nov and I called and asked about getting one they failed to tell me it would put me under a two year contract! The only way to get out of it is pay a $480 early cancellation fee. Anyway after talking to 3 people and getting very stressed out I got them to lower our bill down from $72 to $60 a month. About 2 hours after I got off the phone with them I was thinking about what they said. The guy asked me if we still have 4 receivers and I said yes. The more I thought about it I remembered that one TV broke so we are only using 3. I called and had that one removed so that is another savings of $4.99 a month.
I am also considering cancelling our land line phone but the only problem is our cell phones don't work in the house. We have to go out and climb a tree(yes, that is a stretch) to get service.
Also, I remembered reading somewhere that everything you have plugged in outlets will use electricty no matter if you are using it. I had the girls go around and unplug everything that was not in use. Hopefully it will help some.
I also plan to inventory my pantry and freezers to see what we have. We are just gonna have to eat what is in there whether we want it or not! I have ordered some things for the Kroger sale this week so I will use those when they come in but other than that we are only buying milk and bread. I see a lot of chili and spaghetti in our future!
I would love for you to share how you are cutting back or saving money in these though times. Leave me a comment and let me know.
I found these great articles and sites that might help you out.
101 Ways to Save One Dollar a Week
The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living
Surviving on a Budget - $10 Grocery List
How to Feed a Family of 4 or more for less than $200 a month(e-book)
Easy Envelope Budgeting for Beginners
Great Frugal Sites:
The Dollar Stretcher
Living on a Dime
The Pioneer Woman