He Said: “Put your Money where your Mouth I$”
Yes, one of our goals is to get a better handle on our finances this year. Contrary to Kat’s post, however, becoming “debt-free” is NOT an option. Mortgages and car payments will never go away – it’s more the “background noise” that causes my heartburn, and THAT we can handle.
Hopefully this resolution doesn’t fall the path of dieting, quitting, and all other resolutions that will likely be null & void by January 15th! This one will take time, will no doubt be painful, and will NOT happen without participation by both of us. Discipline is key (I think we’re screwed).
However, in the spirit of collaboration, here is my first effort to cut costs. Unfortunately they all fall onto my wife:
- Drink water from the refrigerator instead of buying bottled water (my biggest purchase peeve).
- Get the kids out of diapers. Yes, I know the baby is only 1, but think of the money we’ll save with this milestone!
- Don’t give the kids rewards for being good in the store! Instead, take things away if they are bad.
- Carpool to playdates. Since the girls get together at least twice a week, imagine the gas money you will save if you all rode to the house together.
- Don’t buy the kids a laptop for Christmas before talking to me! (sorry…had to put that one in there)
- Rotate stock – no more green beans that have an expiration date of 3/4/2008, and are needlessly thrown away.
- 1.5 litre bottles are much more economical than their 750 ml counterparts…please consider this when choosing your wine du jour.
I’ll be more than happy to “consider” any spending recommendations from the other side. Please send them to me tonight – I’ll read them while using the kids’ new Christmas present, which I am sure will NOT be in use when I get home from work today .
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