I'm a SAHM and we try to be very frugal. Here are some thing's we've done :
1.Changed our auto insurance company. We shopped around and discovered we were paying way too much money.
2.I no longer have a cell phone and I don't miss it at all. My husband has a work cell, so it works out just fine.
3.No cable. I don't miss that either.
4.We have internet but we use magic jack as a phone service. It cost us $39.00 for the first year and then about $20.00 each year after, long distance included.
5.Combine grocery trips to just one trip.
6.Second hand clothing.
7.I dye my own hair.
8.I did coupon for food but found we were eating way too much processed food, I still coupon for toiletries and I cruise Craisglist for deals from local farmers and I preserve by freezing or canning.
9.Purchased a small second hand freezer to buy meat when it's on sale, we have a little land now, so we just process our own meat and save even more.
10.I make our own dishwashing and laundry detergent, it's very inexpensive.
11.We cloth diaper ( purchased second hand ) our son and use baby washclothes for wipes when I can.
12.We barter a lot.
13.We purchased everything second hand for our son, or is was given to us, except the car seat.
14.After our son was born, we switched to a major medical policy. It was much less expensive and covers preventative care like wellness visits and vaccinations if you choose them.
15.Breastfeed - boobies are free.
16.We line dry our clothes.
17.We also found our mechanic on Craigslist, he charges $40.00 an hour and comes to our home.
18.I use freecycle for items when I need them.
19.I network with other moms. We all want to help each other.
20.We turn the heat of at night ( we live in NC ) or set it to get no colder than 55 degrees in the house. We invested in thermal curtains purchase off season and also warm jammies.
21.We learned to live with 82 degrees in the house in summer.
22.Homemade Christmas gifts are thoughtful and save money too.
22.And just when I think we can't find more ways to save, we somehow manage to find more.