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The F-Word

It's time for the first of many discussions about the new word around the Martini household.

The F-Word.

Now, before you hit the Unsubscribe button on the ol' Google Reader, I promise you that I haven't lost my polite senses.

The F-Word 'round these parts is...

Frugality! {insert jazz hands here}

While my husband navigates the exciting seas of graduate school, we'll be gettin' our frugal on in every way we possibly can. I know it won't be easy, but I'm hoping that you out there in BlogLand will be able to help me find a way to happily pinch pennies for the next 2 years.

My goal is to find that (elusive) middle ground where we can save as much money as possible, while trying to keep ourselves from feeling deprived beyond measure. Because we all know that's a one-way ticket to a wicked retail therapy session. And that's just counter-productive, now isn't it?!

I hope to share with you any tips and tricks I come across, and I would *love* for you to drop buy and share any tidbits you have for me.

Stay tuned for more F-Word coverage as it pops up!

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Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

Good for you :-) I have been using a modified version of Misadventure's of a Newlywed's excel budget planner for over a year now, and I really like it. It adds up all my totals and keeps things up-to-date, so I can tell at a glance how we're doing.

Mrs. Classic said...

Two tips for you.
We unplug everything when not turned on. Even lamps that are turned off still pull electricity.
We also grocery shop every two weeks. This saves money because you miss tons of opportunity to impulse buy.

One Day said...

I am looking forward to reading your tips!

My husband is currently back to school full time and some things we have done:

~ Get rid of cable
~ Cook at home
~ Give ourselves a monthly allowance to spend on whatever we want

Jamie said...

Good luck! We're doing this for law school too. We got rid of excess things (like cable, two cars, etc) but focus on doing really special outings that make us both happy but fit in our budget. I *love* using too. It's very helpful.

Leigh said...

I just decided yesterday I needed to figure out a budget. I'll be buying a new car in the next month and need to factor a car payment into my current spending habits. I will happily accompany you on the frugality journey!

Law School Wife said...

Welcome to the world of The Temporarily (Dear God, Please) Poor! We are incredibly blessed to have savings on which to dip into during the time my husband's in law school, but we still have to be REALLY careful living on just one income. So we have just one car, canceled cable, downgraded our cell phone plan (they have a smaller family plan and data plans now than the smallest ones offered when we signed our contract), only buy meat when it's on sale, coupon shop combined with sales for household goods like dish soap, tp, etc., and we keep our AC set high, 85 when no one's home, 80 when we are home, and 78 when we sleep. And that's in Texas. I try to think of it as a game. It's less depressing that way. Good luck!

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