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In this tough economy, how have YOU cut back to save money?

  1. instantlyfamily profile image82
    instantlyfamilyposted 6 years ago

    In this tough economy, how have YOU cut back to save money?

  2. ThoughtSandwiches profile image79
    ThoughtSandwichesposted 6 years ago

    I stopped paying all the bills. (I still pay some of them)  Works for me...creditors are a bit peeved...

  3. marek504 profile image67
    marek504posted 6 years ago

    I've been thinking about this question quite a bit lately.  I've been looking at some things that we pay monthly and have tried to decide what we need and don't.  As an example, although I would love to have a cool smart phone with a data plan, for my wife and I who hardly use our phones, it's something we can downsize on.  I've been running a cost analysis on current monthly for what we have now as opposed to a pay as you go plan ($100 for 1000 minutes).  I'm thinking I can save 30 - 40 dollars a month, which could go a long way to other things.  Of course, I could just bring my lunch more, I guess.

  4. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 6 years ago

    I haven't at all -- we were already living at about subsistence level anyway, with very few luxuries. No, the internet isn't a luxury, since we both work full-time on it wink. We get our produce at wholesale with the Bountiful Baskets co-op (hardly local since they're in like 15 states now) and my husband does some work at a local meat store in exchange for bison and seafood. Entertainment costs $13 a month -- $8 for Netflix streaming and $5 for the discounted YMCA membership where I go for yoga and weight lifting, as well as walking/running in inclement weather. We live simply, but it's a very happy life, and the economy has done little to impact us directly other than to improve my freelance opportunities.

  5. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    Before the economy got so bad and I was working a lot more hours, we used to look at the things we needed, and spend my check on those things, like painting, or house maintenance.  We were trying to get things ready for retirement, replacing old appliances etc..

    Today things are a bit different, as my check now goes for living expenses.   We don't spend as much on our hobbies and the things we just want to have, rather than need.

    We think twice about running to town and BBQ'ing steaks or something else.  We tend to eat a lot of chicken and don't eat out as much.