My husband and I are both government workers and trying to prepare ourselves for furlough. However, like most of you we are in so much debt that the thought of losing another $1,000 a month is just overwhelming. However, we have decided to take it one bit at a time.
First, we thought we would eliminate movie channels on our cable and go with Netflix. Have y'all used that service? Is it better than having HBO, Cinimax, etc? I haven't had a chance to look at the savings yet.
Second, when a car says "premium gas only", is that mandatory?
Third, and most importantly, food! I have decided to cut back on purchasing a lot of the processed foods. Today, was my first time making Bread without my bread machine. We loved it! I also am trying to plan my meals better which will definitely help the budget. I also made Flour Tortillas today! Can you imagine? I would never thought of that, but they were really easy. Tomorrow, I will be making breakfast burritoes with them, so I will let you know how that goes.
On the note of meal planning, I have done a lot of research (via Pinterest). I really feel, for me, that I work best in looking at what I have on hand and decide on what I want to make that will make the most of my pantry items. So, this week we were very short on money and I needed to keep our shopping to the absolute minimum.
With that in mind, I looked through our very bare pantry and knew I needed five meals before payday. So, this is what my notes looked like: