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Budget Living: Learning to Do Without

Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 5, 2008 @ 10:26 am In Budget Living | 17 Comments

Over the last year as we’ve trimmed our budget, we’ve found that there are a lot of things that we can do without. Previously, I would run to the store at the drop of a hat if we didn’t have a certain condiment to go with dinner. Now, I just say, “Sorry, we don’t have any.”

I also once thought it was necessary to stock every size of Ziploc bags at all times. In reality, plastic wrap (the best is found at Costco!) works just fine for wrapping leftovers.

And I did not think I could function without Diaper Genie refill bags. Au contraire! Plain old, plastic grocery bags handle the diaper issues — no problem.

I’m saving $5-10/month just in plastic!

But, the list doesn’t end there. Other things I’m not buying unless they are free or close to:

sodas (I’ve kicked my Vanilla Coke habit!)
snack foods (we actually have these in abundance due to coupons and sales)
baking nuts
microwave popcorn
bread (trying to bake more myself)

What have you found that you can live without for the sake of a few pennies?

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