Today was spent in the quiet and gentle pursuit of taking care of my family. Besides the laundry, a home-cooked meal, and spring cleaning, Dearest and I took time to look over our budget and come up with a few things we could "pinch" to save money.
We found that by calling any of the companies that offer you a service such as the cable company, phone company, trash, insurance, etc., you can usually reduce your bill by gently asking them to look over your account and "re-bundle" your bill to reflect the best price they offer. You may have to renew your contract, i.e. the phone company, but if you don't plan to move or take your business elsewhere it makes sense to do this.
In short order, Dearest and I managed to put $90.00/month back into our household budget, just by setting aside time this morning and calling each of our service providers. Thankfully, we can use this money to offset the rising cost of gas and groceries, etc. without feeling the pinch!
Tomorrow, we will run our errands in town. We plan to purchase whole wheat flour and baking supplies in bulk, our budget will not be effected as we plan to use our savings from today as our "bank" for deepening our pantry. Since the price for wheat/wheat products continues to rise this should help our family stay well-fed and keep our budget in check.
I believe that one of the best ways we Mommas can take care of our families is to embrace the old-fashioned ways of our ancestors. That means scratch baking, hanging out laundry, mending clothing, sewing, keeping things in repair and tending a garden. Besides the joy of reconnecting ourselves with these long forgotten pursuits, we will be all the better suited to keep our families well fed and happy during the mean seasons of economic downturns.
Blessings from a more frugal Honey Hill Farm,