Where I save…
Hitting Sam’s Club once every two months is also a way we save. While not all prices are better, I do find the meat, vegetables and fruit more reasonable. The meat is definitely in much larger portions but I immediately separate and wrap in freezer paper to store in the deep freeze. Other items I’ve found to be cost effective are coffee, snack items in bulk such as goldfish, pretzels and crackers, nuts, chocolate chips and cheese. The kids love when I make homemade trail mix and it is much cheaper than the store bought. We make it a family affair to sort the items into snack size bags perfect for the kids lunches. Having a stocked freezer and pantry definitely limits the number of times I’m wandering the aisles of the grocery store possibly grabbing items I really do not need.
It has become so easy to download books to read and one area I would really love to save is by reserving library books instead. Is it sad that I really do not even know where to start with this one and am a tad bit lazy?
Where I splurge…
Definitely have splurged on having a regular housecleaner. Working outside of the home and chasing the kids from one activity to another really left me at wits end so many times. I just could not keep up with the house and hated spending my entire weekend catching up instead of having fun with my family. Two years ago we were finally in a spot where this became an option again and it is such a huge blessing.
One of my biggest splurges is on my dog, Dutch. When he was a puppy I hated leaving him alone for extended periods of time and worried about him like crazy. I found a local vet clinic which also operates both daycare and playcare for dogs. Even though he is fine staying alone during the day outside of his crate now, I still splurge and take him once or twice a week to doggy daycare. He loves it and I love knowing he’s getting some exercise and socialization.
So, where do you find the biggest savings in your household and how do you balance that with the items you feel are worth the splurge?