Joe and I have been cutting the budget in every corner we can. After I quit my job we cut our budget by $200 per month...and we were just cut it again - $180 this time - and we are selling our timeshare that we purchased while I was still working. Sigh. But we need that monthly money...as you may or may not know, we are attempting to sell our house in this crazy economy. We have it in our hearts to move back to New York City. We gotta save every penny we can so we can keep the price on the house low. We are still hoping we are able to swing a vacation of some-sort this year, but as time goes on and numbers are crunched and re-crunched, it's becoming painfully obvious it just might not happen. However, at this point selling the house has the ultimate priority.
Anyway, we now have almost $400 less per month to spend on needs/wants than what we did when I was working. Thankfully do to my careful couponing and planning, and both of us just making better choices, we are doing quite well even with the smaller budget. God is good and faithful!!
I have also picked up the pace on attempting to earn any sort of extra cash while at home. We are going to have a HUGE garage sale; selling some things on eBay; books, movies and CDs on half.com; and doing all sorts of survey/point earning sites from my computer at home.
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