Not sure about you guys, but we are doing some serious looking at expenses in our household.
I remember way back when the Tightwad Gazette first came out and Amy Dacynzyn (hope I spelled her name correctly) was talking about couponing and doing it so incredibly well, but I was single then, and did not stock up on much other than pork chops so all the work she put into it did not seem worthwhile to me.
After all, how many tubes of toothpaste does one guy need to stock up, or tooth brushes, or electric frying pans for example, you do remember electric frying pans. don't you?
However, I did and still do use book clubs, and have saved thousands of dollars over the years by getting free books.
However, I am worried right now that we as a family are no where near as sustainable as we need to be. If the insurance companies fail, or the automobile makers, of the construction folks, somehow we are still vulnerable, because we do not know what they own besides insurance policies, for example, so I am taking a hard look at what we can do to become less vulnerable, and more sustainable.
So I am gathering information online in order to begin making some choices.
I have set up some Google Alerts which are turning me onto many very interesting frugal websites.
Some of the 'frugal' sites are about couponing, rebates, and shopping systems, for example.
There are home schooling sites, and Christian sites too.
Others are more of the DIY type, where you can learn a recipe for your own dishwasher or laundry detergent or window cleaner, for example. Then you can make those items in bulk, and save on the shipping and product container cost.
Almost all of them offer a forum or a web 2.0 kind of experience where you can share hints and updates about sales or rebates, ect.
And then there is the "Mother Earth" kinds of sites, where you can learn to convert most anything into something more sustainable. I am guessing that on Mother Earth, you can find directions to convert even your old cold war bomb shelter into a condo fueled by a corn pellet heater, and I mean no disrespect when I say that.
So far though, what I have appreciated the most in my search for more information is the sites where the authors have compiled e-books. They are a great place for me to start.
I have found three thus far, and I am sure there are many more, that have provided excellent information in my search for organizing and sustainability.
Michelle Jones, the founder of Blue Ridge Publishing, has put together an e-book called "101 Coupon Tips To Help You Save More at the Store".
You probably think she is talking about some nickel and dime process that takes far more time than it is worth.
The actual number is $18,000.00 (The price for the e-book? $12.95).
That is a lot of mortgage payments for us. We can use that.
Save $18,000.00 on Groceries? Coupons? I can do this.
Next author is Tawra from Kansas who has written a series of e-books called Living on a Dime, and her e-books range across a number of topics all important in the sustainable mindset.
And she did pay off a mortgage on that income, plus deal with some other health issues.
Her best bargain is the set of 12 e-books for about $49.00.
Living on a Dime
Out of 100 ways to save money, there has got to be one that makes the price of the e-book worthwhile, right? Take a look at what she offers, and I think you will be amazed.
When I was beginning my personal growth journey, a wise person told me that when I was feeling resentful or afraid or sad, that I should remember the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was ready to feel better. That phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.
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