Friday, April 30, 2010

saving money where we can...

When Josh and I got married we knew that once we had a baby I was going to stay at home and raise our children. So since I got pregnant a few months before I graduated school, we have always been living off of 1 income. This means we really have to figure out ways to save a penny wherever we can. Here are some ways we save money...

1. coupons~ Now I am no pro at the whole couponing thing yet. I have been couponing ever since we had Jakson, so I've been at it for about 5 months and it makes a huge difference. I was going to the store and spending 120 dollars or so each week. Now I go and spend about 60 dollars MAX and am buying the same things. It is awesome and is now like a game. I know the husband is so happy that I am doing it!

2. DIY~ this is our motto! If we can figure out a way to do it ourselves then we will! My husband LOVES to do wood working, paint and fix things. For Jakson's room we could have spent money and bought a nice dresser but we had an old beat up dresser that was in the garage and came with our house when Josh bought it. So we stripped it, sanded it, and stained it and it turned out awesome! Also, I wanted to buy a 60 dollar stencil to paint a tree on the wall. Instead, I called up my acrafty sister. I showed her the stencil and she did it free-handed and it turned out great!


Also I wanted some of the wall letters that spelled Jakson. Josh took scrap wood, traced the letters on it, and cut them out. I painted them and hung them with the extra twine from our wedding programs. And they look amazing!! I would have spent over $50 if I would have ordered them.


We just fixed up our bathroom and we did simple things that we could do on our own that just changed the look for the better and it barely cost us anything! And we have a lot of fun doing these little projects together! http://jandeburfitt.blogspot.com/2010/04/our-bathroom-make-over.html

3. Pay off the credit card~ Josh is the only one with a credit card and it gets paid off every month. We are also trying to work our way out of debt, slowly but surely. The Lord has really blessed us these past couple of months and we are getting things paid off 1 at a time. Once one thing gets paid off we will put that money towards another payment. I know once everything is paid off it will be an AWESOME feeling.

Those are just a few simple ways that Josh and I are saving our money :)

3 comments:

Beth McC. said...

Thanks for all the great tips! I took notes off of your post :) Happy Friday and I love your cute blog!

NBG said...

I love the $30 weekly grocery challenge blog that you follow- I totally stole it! We are about to switch to 1 income and I am scaaarrrred! Thanks for the tips! I'll probably be asking mucho advice later on:)

FROM MARRIAGE TO MOTHERHOOD said...

Just came across your blog. Your little baby boy is so cute! I had a little girl almost 4 months ago; life with her is so much sweeter : )

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