1) spending less on me (cutting out the occasional massage, unnecessary clothing purchases, etc)
2) cutting out unnecessary spending (junk food, going out to dinner frequently)
3) can't think of anything else.. hmm... we haven't really been affected much yet, honestly.
1) We don't eat out, or at least very rarely do we eat out.
1. I shop sales at the grocery store and hardly ever buy anything that is not on sale.
2. I don't smoke and neither does Ted. I don't know why I consider this a *savings* LOL. But, when I see what my cousin spends on this habit, I'm stunned.
3. We have a lime tree and an orange tree.
These were pretty lame. But in general, we're pretty careful with how we spend money and we don't buy things that are non-essential very often. We're not buying the latest TV's and computers the moment they come out, we don't have a massive DVD/CD collection, Ted's essentially stopped buying videogames (back in our younger days he would buy a lot). I know that doesn't sound like we're "cutting back" but, many of our friends *do* spend their money on these things, so comparatively we feel sort of frugal. We pretty much spend our cash on groceries and home improvements.
I wasn't necessarily thinking because of the recession - just general ways of keeping costs low.
Anyway, here are mine:
I get most of my clothing from clothing banks, thrift stores or when someone gives me a gift card for a gift. Robert does the same and we do the same for our girls. (The clothes are great too! :) )
Since we are on a very limited food budget, I buy stuff that is on sale and I make the items stretch into a couple meals. We eat out once a month, or every other month.
We do this because of no car..but we take public transportation everywhere. Just pay for a monthly bus pass and we are good to go!