Someone else in the adoption blog world had the idea to post about ways people are cutting corners to save toward adoption. So I thought I'd steal that idea and share some of my frugal tactics, and hope that some of you will share your ideas, too.
Thanks to my good friend, Jamy, I can now join the ranks of other coupon queens (I haven't reached the pro leagues, though, but with homeschooling three boys and going back to school, I am happy with my average savings). On average I save at least 50% off my grocery bill by combining sales with coupons, and stockpile when the price is right. I have enough Shout, Downy, and All to last me through a couple of baseball seasons! And Joel has enough free Mach something razors to last a couple of years.
Joel cuts the boys' hair. I stretch my hair appointments to ever 5 or 6 months (thankfully my hair grows slowly).
I shop thrift stores. I just bought a cashmere sweater for $4! Sometimes I call it "thrift store therapy" and treat it like treasure hunting. One time I bought two pair of designer jeans on there and made $100 selling them on eBay. I donated it to a couple of cutie-pies on Reece's Rainbow.
I like to find bargains on Craigslist. I've gotten some great deals on things for our house.
We don't have cable. Our tv is limited to dvds and the occasional Gamecube play by the boys (and Dad).
My husband, a jack of all trades, has done the bulk of the updating of our 1970s home. He is amazing! The cost of labor for all the repairs and remodels would have been impossible for us if he wasn't willing/able to do it himself.
I'm sure there are other ways that I cut corners, but these are a few. I'd love to hear other ideas!