HI I'm Corinne and my New Years Goal this year is to get more Organized and Save money. My DF and I are planning to start doing some things once we get our income tax refund to start our Journey on ways to Saving money this year.
Biggest thing we talked about is we need to start Car pooling to work more. We live 30-45 mins from our Jobs so Gas for 2 cars is getting way to expensive. But also our work Schedule is hard to work around because his job won't give him a set schedule. It doesn't have to be an all the time thing but if we can do it as much as we can it will save us quite a bit.
Another thing we were talking about was getting back into coupon use again and shopping sales. Ever since the Holidays came and we started working more my lack of time to keep up with clipping my coupons and sitting down and shopping the best deals failed. I need to get back on that bandwagon like I used to be. I still have a decent stockpile from when I started 3 years ago which I'm still proud to have. It has saved our butts many times plus it's helped out family members in need.
Another thing we need to cut back on Electric usage. The winter is hard for us in our Trailer to do that because the heat in our master bedroom doesn't work (we have propane central heating) so we need to use an electric radiator to keep us and the pipes in our bathroom from freezing. I was thinking of maybe getting a Kerosene heater instead but I'm not all that familiar with them to know if it would be more cost effective. If anyone knows that information please LMK Another thing and this is my DF, we need to start using our Dryer less. He loves to use it to De-wrinkle his work clothes instead of using the iron we do have. I told him that he needs to stop doing that, and when it get's nicer I want to start using a clothes line as much as I can. Not sure how well that will work though because with all the rain we had last year I'm worried the same will happen this year. But I'm going to try. We also already use energy saving light bulbs in every room of the house and only turn the lights on when the sun goes down. SO we already have some things covered. One thing I'm worried about is in the summer with the air conditioners. Anyone have any suggestions with those? We have 3 A/c's one in the living room, kitchen and our bedroom. I much rather use Fans unless it's too hot but DF is one that has to turn it on asap when it starts to get slightly warm.
When we get our tax return we are planning on paying off some bills and also get rid of our storage unit. I have been wanting to do that for some time now but didn't know what to do till now. My plan is to Organize it, sort through everything when spring comes. DF's Mom said we can store what we want to keep at her house so I'm planning on getting some plastic totes from Walmart, I saw a really great deal on 20 gal totes, 6 of them for $25. I want to get a bunch of them and once I fill up enough of them I'll have DF take them to his moms for safe keeping. Once I get everything I want out of there then I can call someone like that Salvation army to take it all. I would love to have a yard sale but with my lack of time and also where I live (in the country) it would be too hard to have one. I would rather give some of it away to people I know would use it or for those who need it more then I do. I also have plans to do all the closets in my house like this. Living in a Mobile Home we don't have allot of space so needing to Declutter is a big plan I have.
Start a Garden. I wanted to do one last year but we need to have a raised Garden bed due to the ground being super rocky. I tried to dig one last year and it was bad with how many rocks there was. Having my own garden would save so much on buying fresh produce. Especially since I had allot of what I bought last year go to waste on us because I didn't get to make it in time. I would rather spend money on seeds and grow it all my self that way I would feel less Guilty if it happened to have gone bad.
Right now these are some Idea's and things I have planned so far, but I'm looking for other ways to save too. If anyone has anything that you do or know someone does please let me know