Tips on going from two incomes to one?

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Registered: 03-31-2014
Tips on going from two incomes to one?
Fri, 04-11-2014 - 1:41pm

Hi. We're moving out of state and I will be a SAHM. While we'll be able to afford it for the most part, we will have to cut back some. I'm all over coupons and that sense of things, but what else can you recommend going frugal with? I've seen all the make your own detergent and all that, but is it worth it? 

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Registered: 03-16-1999
Wed, 05-28-2014 - 9:48pm

As a previous poster mentioned... Decide just how frugal you want to be.  By choice I stopped using paper towels.  I just like cloth better.  I also look in thrift and consignment shops before I head to  a store. It works for me because I am looking for high end things for a low price.  I try to cook in bulk when I can and freeze.  I use vinegar instead of fabric softener and love it. I have made my own laundry detergent at times and plan to go back to that.  I sometimes buy or inherit great furniture that I have slip covered .I have been able to decorate my house by making most things myself and actually make money with some of the things I make. Many of the gifts we give are either hand made or terrific things we've bought or found during the year. There are endless possibilities.  You may just be interested in saving a few dollars here and there and not becoming really invested in the frugal experience.  It is all up to you.  I have always found the frugal thing to be a really creative game .  Have fun on your adventure!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 04-15-2014 - 11:53am
Have you been putting away part of your income right now? Is the income of your DH going to change at all once you make the move? I would do whatever I could to sock away as much of your income as possible right now to have as a back up emergency fund and of course any debts you have that need to be paid off pay off as much as possible. If you are able to, a garden or container garden, that will give you real food and help keep your grocery bills down, other little things like a clothes line so you aren't using the dryer much during the summer if you don't have to and as Serenity said, cutting out anything that you don't really need or that is really considered a luxury.
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Mon, 04-14-2014 - 12:01pm

Hi Chevron, I see you are new to iVillage, so welcome!  

We don't get a lot of posts over the weekend, so wanted to make sure you knew we were "here."  

You are right to question some of the popular frugal ideas, as for some people it is wonderful and they love DIY ideas and for others, the savings just isn't worth the time, or it is impractical for their family.  

It kind of depends if you are looking to just skim a few dollars here and there or truly hit one large area of your income.  A lot of us are from the Debt Support section above, and make big changes like canceling their cable or selling a car.  So a very wide range of what frugal means to each of us.  

With all of that said, I do tiny things like only using half of a dryer sheet and buying generic mayonaise.  Things I don't cut back on are bread and toiletpaper.  My DH goes around turning off lights.  I do like to keep an eye on the thermostat and I do all of my laudry in cold water.  

Just a few tid bit and hopefully others will reply.

Serenity CL making a marriage work