As my friend A. says, "austerity measures are now in place!"
Our checkbook has suffered from leaky faucet syndrome lately and there's a water break in sight: a home renovation project that is *not* a do-it-yourself affair.
As a result, I'm implementing austerity measures until, oh, sometime in October. What's this look like?
*Keeping a strict eye on dining out and takeout. We typically do this once a week; I'm shifting it to once a month or so, if my husband agrees. I also take my children out for lunch once every week or two, but I plan to shut that down.
*No clothing purchases until autumn. No fabric, either. We're going to wear what we've got and sew through what we have. In fact, I may try to just use up a LOT of fabric. A lot.
*No shoes unless a child outgrows them. Or unless my husband needs running shoes.
*Instead of buying something, determine how I can live without it or substitute something else. Like Grandma! (This can be fun.)
*Use the library for books, naturally.
*While not strictly a measure to save money, I'm going to spend some time going through our belongings: do items need maintenance? (Shoe shining, mending...) Does anything need to just be thrown out? Is there anything to give away or sell? I do think having less stuff makes a more orderly home, and lately I've been feeling a little fuller than usual.
*In general: only spend money on consumables.
The faucet is officially off!