In October, my husband and I took our very first international trip to Greece. It was the trip of a lifetime – and that is really an understatement – but as you can imagine, it was also expensive. I am happy to report, though expensive, it did not break our bank account. In fact, we […]
Two times in our lives we have had reality smack us in the face when it came to realizing how much money a month we were spending on food. The first time was when we first discovered Dave Ramsey years and years ago, and the second time was last year when we discovered the FIRE Community (Financial Independence/Retire Early). I thought I had it all together when it came to our food budget. I knew all the rules. I used to lead Financial Peace classes for Goodness Sake! I was careful about our spending. When we made the commitment last year to begin saving for retirement I didn’t know where we were going to get the extra money to do so. So, I began cutting expenses wherever I could. Imagine my shock when I took a good hard look at our banks statements and realized we were actually spending more than double what we had budgeted every month for food. Whoopsie-doodle…..life had certainly crept back up on us and we didn’t even realize it.
Several years ago, I decided to make shredded barbecue pork sandwiches. The recipe called for the pork to be topped with coleslaw. I HATED coleslaw growing up. I thought the soupy-milky stuff my grandpa got from KFC (It was still called Kentucky Fried Chicken then) was how coleslaw was supposed to taste. NO THANK YOU. Blegh.
Well, we have one week of this challenge under our belt and I have to say, it was a GREAT success. We stuck to the plan. We even had enough left-overs from some of the meals to have for lunches the next day. #WINNING
Well, to my surprise I did a search on the interwebs for ALDI and was pleased as a peach to learn one was opening 5 miles away!
If you had told me as a kid that one of my absolute favorite go-to cheap, hearty, one-pot, comfort-food dishes was tuna-casserole? My eyes would have rolled into the back of my teased-out Aquanet head of hair.
Today we are going to look at six simple ways we reduced or eliminated some of our fixed expenses. In total, this put $1200.00 back into our budget and increased our annual savings total by $14,000.00.