(Closed) What are you having to do without?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, this is just how frugal we have to be in general, but things some people don’t think twice about that we’ve cut out:

-eating out

-cable TV (actually, we don’t have any TV besides the old one R’s sister gave us)

-renting or buying DVDs

-going to movies/shows/concerts

-buying new clothes/shoes beyond what’s necessary

-having two cars (we share one, a 1st gen Prius)

-gym membership

Post # 4
Member
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t go clothing, makeup, shoe or accessory shopping at all. I never really did in the first place, but now I really don’t. I also don’t pick up little fast food snacks or munchies on the way home to save some cash. If I go out with friends for dinner or drinks, I only do so once or twice a month. When I get my paycheck I immediately deposit a certain percentage of it into savings accounts so I there’s no way I can’t be saving money. This economy is tough and so is saving for all the things associated with a wedding. Just do the best you can 🙂

Post # 6
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459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We don’t go on as many dates as we used to. W estopped going to movies, eating out, all that stuff. When our friedns go out, we go with them, but we cut back on the spending. Really the money that we are spending (right now) is mainly for the wedding. We even had to cut back on a few things for the wedding like the transportation (we will most likely drive his car) & little things like that.

Post # 7
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We aren’t planning anymore but still on a tight budget so the things that we (meaning I) cut back on are:

– Eating out

– Starbucks

– craft stuff

– new clothes

– buying music/DVDs

Post # 8
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1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We have had to cut a lot recently.  My FI lost his job a year and a half ago, so he decided to go back to school.  That cut 500 dollars out of our monthly balance.  Then I got 20% of my salary cut (our office is NOT doing well) and that cut like another 650 out of our monthly budget.  1150 is a LOT to lose in 4 months time.. so add onto that saving for a wedding, and we have had to cut a LOT…

Neither of us are buying new clothing (and if he gets an internship, we need to drop some cash on work approp. clothes), we don’t go out to eat anymore, we haven’t had any vacations, we cut back on going to movies.  We had to really start bargain hunting for anything we needed, and grocery shopping involves a LOT of coupons.

We had to stop renovating our house & really just don’t get to go out with friends a lot, which is what I miss the most.  I can’t wait for the econ. to get better…

Post # 9
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162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

For our wedding saving, it’s less cutting back and more doing without. In addition to the stress of the wedding budget, we just bought a house. So, in order to keep enough in the bank to pay for the wedding we aren’t

 

1) buying anything to decorate our house with. I mean it, bare walls, as in nothing on our walls anywhere, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms.. I feel like were living in a penitentiary. Bare floors, bare rooms (we have two room that have nothing but air in them)

2) Were not planting flowers in the yard or doing any excessively expensive yard work (we were hoping for a lush, giving garden in our new yard, but once we added up the dirt, seeds, and fencing.. we decided against it).

3) We were going to get a new dog, but decided it was too expensive right now.

Just more of the same. Were pretty good at our spending as it is. Not eating out, buying unneeded stuff. But the amount of money it takes to get a house up and running, even if you have already lived together is astronomical. We will have to wait until after our nuptials to decorate.

Post # 10
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1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

we cut shows/concerts, videogames, and we’re deferring the purchase of a (much needed) new comp and tv.

we haven’t given up eating out though, we’d never make it! but we do try and stick to cheaper places at least.

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