2010 has brought on a LOT of changes for us!
These family changes required us to make some life changes in order to rearrange our budget
These are some ways we’ve figured out how to save $ in the Draper household:
We got rid of satellite on our t.v. (now we ‘enjoy’ the farmer 5)
I cut both Joel’s and Eme’s hair…yes, with the same pair of shears 🙂
Joel rides his bike to work on every day he can
I carpool to HU with a neighbor who is in my program
We began a garden this year to grow some of our own veggies (sidenote: this got WAY out of control…I’d venture to guess we have been the owners of well over a thousand tomatoes this year…)
Joel has learned how to fix/replace some of our car parts and problems to save on labor costs at a mechanic
I borrowed about half of my maternity wardrobe from a sister-in-law, another sister-in-law, and close girlfriends
We got as much hand-me-down furniture and clothes for Mylin as possible, from my brother’s families (cradle, crib, pack-n-play, 0-18 mo girl clothes)
I also tried my hand at making baby food (um, way easy!) and made over 50 containers this summer
We keep our house warm in the summer and cool in the winter to cut down electricity costs
And we elected not to get any extra tests with and for Mylin in preparation for her birth
While we have had an expensive year with pregnancy, a surprise c-section, and graduate school, we hope that what we have put in place and continue to change will keep us afloat, financially!
Do you have any tips for us?
How have YOU saved money this year?!