We really need a change of location…

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
857 posts
Busy bee

@Aquaria:  how much out of your price range? 

-You could cut out tv altogether and just have Netflix

– have more nights in with friends instead of going out to fancy restaurants! Invite some couples over for games night and have everyone bring a appi and byob.

– when dining out make it a habit to always get the “small” or appitizer portion on ANYTHING. Coffee, dinner everything is SMALL

-at tax time do your own taxes and save a bundle.




Post # 4
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Aquaria:  unless you plan on unplugging the TV also, you won’t really save any money on electricity because electronics still pull the same amount of current even when off.  The best thing you can do for that is to just unplug stuff when you aren’t using it, like the toaster, hairdryer, lamps, phone/PC chargers, etc.

We are under contract right now to buy our first home, and here are some ways we are saving/earning money:

-As we begin packing, I am listing things we don’t use or need at our new house onto craigslist.  These are substantial things like our area rug, floor lamps (no overhead lighting in our current apartment), a steam cleaner, and kitchen things we don’t use.

-I plan to set aside small items/clothing that we don’t want/need and my neighbor and I are going to have a joint yard sale. 

-We plan our dinners, and eat on a budget and try to incorporate things we already have in the pantry.  (last night we cooked some white rice we already had and microwaved a large can of beef stew…our dinner probably cost us $3)

-We’ve both been dieting for the wedding for a while, so we don’t spend unnecessary money on sodas because we drink water all the time. 

-We stay in more on the weekends…haven’t really had much of a choice on that because we are constantly busy with wedding stuff anyway…

-We cut out any frivolous spending.  For me, it was mani/pedis, for FI it is Xbox/computer accesories. 

-If you really want to, you can cut off cable/internet.  This is not an option for us because FI’s job involves computers and internet and our cable/internet is bundled together. 

-set your thermostat a little higher while you are not home.  No need to run the AC on full blast in an empty place. Just a few degrees difference can save you money on your electric bill


Post # 5
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

– Plug in your electronics to surge protectors. They’ll help prevent “vampire draw,” i.e. your computer is turned off but still draws electricity because it’s plugged in.
Better yet, get a surge strip with a wall-mounted power switch for your TV, DVD player, and computers. Flip the switch to prevent these from drawing power at night.

– Meal plan like crazy! This will reduce impulse buying at the grocery store SO MUCH. You can meal plan for two weeks at a time, even make some of it ahead, and it saves tons of money on grocery bills. I use Ziplist to help plan meals and grocery lists.
You should also be meal planning your lunches, especially so that you’re not getting bored of the same thing over and over. Dinner leftovers sometimes, just-for-lunch stuff other times.
(Does your FI know that he’s spending about $5,200 a year on lunch???)

– Learn to go on cheaper dates. FI and I find that taking walks and grabbing diner at a place we’d usually get take-out is a very fun date night!

– Limit spending. Put limits on the amount you spend on clothes, makeup, hair products, shoes, online shopping, video games, sports equipment, etc.

Make sure the apartment doesn’t come with crazy fees that make it WAY out of yor price range. Garbage pickup, HOA fees, parking fees, etc.

Post # 6
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with most of the suggestions above.  Right now I am in a full-time Masters program so I am always thinking of ways to save $.  

Like the pp suggested above, look into getting netflix and a digital antenna instead of cable.  

Packing lunches also really helps! When I make dinner, I always make extra for our lunch the next day.  

Set an amount to spend each week on groceries, and try to stick to that amount.  I try to use cash because it helps me realize how much I am spending.

How much over your budget?  The two of you will have to decide whether the sacrifice is worth a nicer apartment.  

Post # 7
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sorry, double post.

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