For us, the craziness of life with a toddler takes over any moments we could use to reflect on our spending habits, but this is the perfect time to evaluate our family budget and make some positive changes. We aren’t always thinking of our long-term goals or values when we run out to a big box store and come back with far more than we intended. But we’ll start by acknowledging our progress this year.
- Haircuts. I now cut Roscoe and Jett’s hair every month in the comfort of our living room or our backyard. Since each of those cuts would cost around $15 a month, we’re saving about $330 per year! In this photo, Roscoe’s Aunt Pauli is giving me a few haircutting tips.
- A pantry. I can now stock up on sale items and canned goods so that we always have alternatives to eating out.
- Frozen berries. My family picked several huge batches of organic blueberries this year and we’re still enjoying the fruits of our labors. Next year I’d love to do even more.
- Thrift store clothes. I’ve loaded up on cute, cheap maternity clothes and outfitted my son in adorable garments all for a fraction of retail prices.
2. How can we go greener and cut costs in 2009?
- Read Thrifty Green Thursday contributions. I always learn something each week from our wise bloggers.
- Sew up some savings. So many Thrifty Green Thursday tips involved sewing—something I haven’t done in years. This Christmas I got a sewing machine so now I’m ready for action!
- Garden more. It’s my dream to have a lovely vegetable garden that far exceeds the tiny raised bed in my backyard. Since I’m delivering this baby in June, it may be hopeless but I truly want to raise some edible delights this summer.
- Track our spending. This year, we’re using Quicken to document our monthly costs so that we don’t loose track of our budget in the midst of our busy lives.
How do you manage spending and assure that it aligns with your eco-friendly values? Do you go through your budget each January and set goals for the coming year? We’d love to hear how you are planning on saving money and energy in 2009!
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