Quoting Hunters mommy =):" O really thats a good idea I never thought about posting it on my facebook. I have to go back to work ... [snip!] ... my husband can't add me to his insurance till then. So maybe that will give me some time to get a few kids in line to watch."
Quoting Kay&Maddox:" Good luck!"
Netflix is only good for movies. Hulu, is the best for television shows. It is also only $7.99 a month.
If you plan on keeping your cable, see if they will bundle your cable and internet for a cheaper monthly payment.
Buy baby clothes at goodwill or the salvation army family store. Buying nice clothes at a used price has saved me over a hundred dollars on my oldest sons summer things and well over two to three hundred on all my youngest sons clothes for newborn, 0-3, and 3-6 month sizes.
Cloth diapers are more expensive when first starting, but the price of laundry detergent and water to wash them is fifty dollars max a month, compared to over a hundred for all the disposable ones you would need in a month.
Like many of the op said, make a menu for the month. I spend only two hundred on groceries for the entire month for all four of us and dog food for our two dogs.
I crochet and sew things to sell to people and my friend sells scentsy for the scentsy pots as well as Tupperware, that is always an option.
Just remember you are doing a great job and are a wonderful mother! Do not stress over the simple and little things. :D
Quoting Kristen O.:" Netflix is only good for movies. Hulu, is the best for television shows. It is also only $7.99 a month. ... [snip!] ... Just remember you are doing a great job and are a wonderful mother! Do not stress over the simple and little things. :D"
I have never heard of Hulu. For our cable and internet we pay about 85 a month that is the cheapest I have been able to find so far. I have a friend who gives me her sons old clothes so that helps a lot with not having to buy any for him and yard sales are about to start so that will be good to find clothes for him too. Wow with the groceries I spend more then that for just me and my husband. How do you do it? My dogs food is kinda expensive but after we buy 12 we get one free and some times they do double stamps some times too so we dont usually buy 12 bags before the free one.
Quoting Hunters mommy =):" I have never heard of Hulu. For our cable and internet we pay about 85 a month that is the cheapest ... [snip!] ... buy 12 we get one free and some times they do double stamps some times too so we dont usually buy 12 bags before the free one."
I am in love with hulu! It is amazing! You can watch all the current episodes (five most recent) of all the popular shows for free (no membership) or pay $7.99 a month to watch all the older shows and older episodes. It also has a few movies, but they are classics only. I don't even have a membership. I just watch all my shows when they come out to hulu and stay up to date so that I don't miss any. Most shows air eight days after they air on the television.
We don't even pay for cable anymore and just watch shows on hulu and watch movies, but then again I limit my sons television time to an hour and a half total. If the movie we are watching is not over we watch the rest the next day.
As for the groceries, I honestly found that ground pork is cheaper then ground beef. I also buy it in the largest size available and divide it into sandwich bags before putting them in the freezer. This saves us about ten to fifteen dollars in just that type of meat, and room in the freezer. I also buy turkey breast instead of chicken, also cheaper here. I buy a ton of frozen veggies and also re-bag them. In my freezer foods alone is where I spend the most of my budget. I spend about a hundred there. Then I buy milk, kool-aid or crystal lite (for my little ones to drink besides water), flour, yeast, pasta,and eggs. Every other month I buy cereal, rice, butter, dog food, and a block of cheese (pre shredded costs double the price of a block). I make my own bread, it is way cheaper! I also don't buy junk or snack food, unless it is for occasion.
I know I am weird, but our diets are healthy and like this because my first has intolerance to some things. I also know it sounds crazy, but as soon as you get started it is a lot easier and cheaper!
Does the ground beef taste the same or close and what about the turkey. My husband is so picky when it comes to food and don't eat vegtables hardly any. I was doing that with the ground beef buying the bigger pack. We eat a lot of sandwithces and chips. I make usually pasta dishes that will last us 2 days so that saves us money a little and a few other things will last us more then just one meal.We use a lot of cheese so just buy diff kinds of block cheese and use that? Do you shreed your cheese if so how do you keep it? How do you get that Hulu? Is it on your computer or does it come on your tv or what?
\Ground pork tastes almost exactly like ground beef. The only time it tastes different is when you make homemade hamburgers with it. You can taste the difference there if you don't season it. I use it in everything I previously used ground beef in: pasta dishes, hamburgers, chili, and casseroles. Turkey breast tastes just like chicken! No difference unless you eat a turkey and a chicken in the same meal, then you could probably taste some difference. My husband is very picky about vegetables too! I just buy a ton of the ones he likes and make those a lot! It gets boring for me, who likes variety. I make a lot of pastas, casseroles, and crock pot meals that feed us for two or more meals. When I make chili it lasts for supper, lunch and supper the next day, and lunch for the day after! We use a lot of cheese too! I just buy the different kinds in blocks and shred and slice it myself. The slices that I use in sandwiches and stuff go in the fridge and half the shredded cheese goes in the freezer until I use the other half. In the freezer it stays fresh and doesn't mold, then I just move it to the fridge when my first half gets low. I'll send you my menu and recipes if you want. :D
Hulu you just go to hulu.com and everything is right there. It works like Netflix to where you can watch via computer, cell phone, ipad, or television via wii, ps3, or hdmi cable.
I was so about to ask you if you would send me some of your recipes and other neat ways of how you save money with food and how you do it. I will check hulu out thank you so much for all the help
I didn't read all the previous posts but what I did read I agree with. Things I've done that I think are helping are making baby food and or baby eating what we eat (when possible), in our case DD had to be given formula and we got a rx to help with the cost of it but obviously BM is best, and making clothes yourself especially like summer hats and such.
The most wonderful I have found was the glory of thrift/consignment shops. Babies don't really destroy clothes and you save soo much money! But not just in clothes, also in equipment like carriers and bouncy seats and such. Also craigslist.
One more thing is I turn the spinning down on the washer so that it doesn't wear the clothes as much and then I hang most of them to dry and don't use the dryer as much. I made a homemade clothesline in the laundry room!
Quoting TamaraL:" I didn't read all the previous posts but what I did read I agree with. Things I've done that I think ... [snip!] ... as much and then I hang most of them to dry and don't use the dryer as much. I made a homemade clothesline in the laundry room!"
The laundry is a really cool idea I never thought about. I was already planning on making baby food