Wanting to stay home . . .

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Registered: 08-27-2006
Wanting to stay home . . .
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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 9:53pm

so I can homeschool, but we've got to work out our budget constraints . . .We have figured out how we can cut out half of my salary so far & was hoping you ladies might be able to suggest ways to cut that we haven't thought of perhaps?

We have thought of :

- cheaper rent

- less gas (no commuting)

- cheaper internet provider

- cheaper cell phone provider

- compare & switch on auto insurance

- less in groceries (we are feeding 2 extra people right now . . . long story . . . but that would go away by the time I was staying home)

Any suggestions?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:38am
Just a couple things that popped into my head.......Do you have cable/satellite tv? You could drop that & go with just whatever regular channels you get. Or maybe cut back on the package you have now. Would it be possible for you to find a part-time evening job? Assuming that your dh would be home in the evenings to take care of t'he kids. Even just a couple nights/week might bring in enough extra $$ to fill in the blanks. Good luck! I'm hoping you get some more ideas.

If you feel comfortable posting your budget, we may be able to think of more.
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Registered: 06-30-2003
Tue, 03-01-2011 - 3:37pm

Could you eliminate one vehicle altogether and make do with one only?

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Registered: 08-27-2006
Wed, 03-02-2011 - 12:03am

We currently only have netflix - no cable, so that isn't an expense we can cut.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 03-02-2011 - 7:44am
With all the news I've seen lately about rising food prices, and personal observations @ the store, I wouldn't count too heavily on cutting your food costs. *** sigh ***
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Registered: 10-10-1999
Sat, 03-05-2011 - 3:11pm

See if you can put your current paycheck in a second account and try to live on just one for now.

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Registered: 06-30-2003
Sat, 03-05-2011 - 4:42pm

You should see if anyone will publish your reply to this post in article form, after a little reworking.

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Registered: 10-10-1999
Sat, 03-05-2011 - 10:57pm

Thanks!

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Registered: 04-06-2003
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 10:31am

How old are your kids?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 1:04pm

I'm putting in another vote for getting rid of one of your cars.

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