Friday, March 21, 2008

Making Preparation

It seems no matter where you go today, you hear something about the state of our economy. As we start to see the cost of fuel steadily increase and as we watch the prices of staples such as milk and eggs creep up ever higher week by week, I have started to feel a more increased urgency to "make preparations" for harder times.

Sometimes it is hard to know just where the balance is in that though. I really don't want to become one of those doomsayers who is all negative, like Chicken Little crying out that the sky is falling, but I also don't want to be caught on the opposite side of the spectrum either, with my head stuck in the sand not acknowledging the reality of our economic state.

As a family, we have started to think about ways we could better prepare ourselves for tougher financial times. Since our electric bill has also seen steady increases, we decided that one of the first things we could do is find ways to cut back on our energy consumption. To get us started, we recently bought 2 packages of the new energy-saving CFL bulbs to replace our existing bulbs.

They don't seem to be as bright as regular bulbs, but I am not ready to go to candles yet, so these will do...:)

This is just one of the many things we have on our list of things that we can do to cut down on our expenses. What are some things you are doing to cut back on your living expenses? I would love to hear about them and I plan to share more of what we come up with as well.

1 comment:

Happywife84 said...

You are doing awesome! I've been surfing for coupons & freebies..I figured every little bit a free sample today of laundry thats on free load as far as detergent goes. Also have been going thru our bills more carefully..2 months in a row have found $20 more on the cell phone than we think should be Dale is calling tomorrow. Also going to look into unlimited texting as we are all going over!