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What Did You Do To Save This Week?

by Jonathan on February 17, 2011 · 5 comments

This has been a busy week at work, and I’ve been really tired all week, so I apologize for the lack of posting. I worked a 10.5 hour day yesterday!

I’ve been reading a really a interesting survival blog over the past couple months, and it’s given me a good idea. One of the things MD Creekmore does each week, is to focus on what he’s accomplished for the week, which is good for staying focused on what you’d like to do. I figured I could do the same thing each week, only financially focused.

As for me, I socked away 50 bucks in our house fund, and 50 bucks in our truck fund. This is done each week. We were also under on our weekly budget, so that money will get put into savings. I’m not sure how much it is right now.

With the nicer weather this week, my wife has been walking to work, because it’s only a half a mile away. This has saved on gas. We got milk at HyVee this week, because they have half gallons on sale for a buck, which equates to 2 bucks a gallon. Normally we buy milk at 2.29 a gallon. We also decided to buy some leftover valentines candy, the day after valentines, since it was all on clearance sale. :)

One other thing I saved on this week is our home owners insurance policy. Originally we got a policy for just over 600 bucks, but one of the conditions for the policy was that a fire hydrant needed to be within 1000 feet of the house. Well, there’s no hydrant within 2 miles, so I called back and got a quote through a different agency (same company). They quoted us at 1100 bucks! I basically told them there was no way I would pay that, and so rather than lose our business, they just raised our premium 40 bucks on the original up to around 650 a year, and are going to ignore the lack of a hydrant. Lots of saved money if you just stand up for yourself!

So how about you, what did you do to save this week?

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Jonathan is the founder and primary writer at CentsToShare. He enjoys reading above all else, but also gardening, building, eating healthy food and being self-reliant. Living a happy, stress-free life is possible, but it must be sought after, and not taken for granted. If you like the site, please let me know in the comments or through email - centstoshare@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Chris February 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I forgot to bring my lunch to work today — so I went to Kroger and bought a frozen entree. $2 sure beats the $8-10 I can easily blow on lunch if I’m not careful (or trying to spend $0 eating out!)

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Annissa February 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

Not spending money on eating out is a great idea, Chris! This past week Jonathan and I debated whether we would treat ourselves this weekend with a meal out (with coupons mind you), which we haven’t done in over a month. In reality, we’ve felt it would be much better to save our money for things in the future: house, remodeling/fixing up, appliances, a garden(flowers and veggie/fruit), maybe a pet. Obviously, I could probably go on forever, but it just shows to prove that eating out is not a high priority in our life; it is the other things that we will probably be able to enjoy for longer than an hour meal.

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Chris February 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

Eating at home is often times a lot less stressful and can be more fun enjoying home cooked food with some friends.

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Larabelle February 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

1.) I declared 4 no spend days this week in which I did not spend ANY money.
2.) I did not go out to eat at all….made all meals at home.
3.) No internet shopping this week.
4.) No money out for any type of entertainment this week. I played with my dog and took walks(free entertainment from mother nature).
5.) I did my own hair and nails instead of going to the beauty shop.
6.) Made my own coffee at home versus Starbucks.
7.) Only used my car when absolutely neccessary (no recreational driving)
8.) Watched my cell phone usage so I would not have any overages.

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Chris February 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

way to go Larabelle – truly inspiring!

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