Originally Posted by sanguine_speed
Thanks for being so open. I'm sorry this thread has somehow turned into people scrutinizing your choices.
It's OK--I expected that when I posted my budget, and I'm taking what I need from it and leaving the rest.
It may be more instructive, however, for those of us who aren't on to the super-frugal end of the spectrum, to share things we have been able to do that aren't quite to the level some people clearly attain. For example, here are some things we've done. Once again, I know they aren't "enough," but they are
*cut HBO (saves $15/month)
*changed to a joint cell phone clan from two individual plans (saves $15/month)
*I stopped having my hair cut and colored (saves probably $300-$400/year)
*limited traveling--I haven't been home in nearly a year, which is far long in between trips than I am comfortable with, and I skipped BlogHer this year to save money (saved at least $1,000 and probably quite a bit more)
*ended audible.com memberships and am depending on audio books from the library (saves $15/month)
*reduced swaps (though not enough yet)
*changed to a cheaper parking pass; only drive if we can carpool (if I am by myself, I take the bus--saved $300 or so for the year)
*have been line drying laundry since April and haven't replaced our broken dryer since it broke in April (saves about $25/month in electricity; haven't spent $350ish on dryer, but we are going to do that this month, probably)
*limited entertainment budget to Netflix subscription and 1-2 movies out per month (I used to go once a week, so this has probably saved about $30/month)
*stopped drinking soda completely (saves probably $15/month)
*haven't replaced my glasses in two years (saved $150 or so not buying new ones last year)
*quit expensive health club, joined cheap no-frills gym one (saves $35/month)
*cut down quite a bit on fancy coffee purchases (1-2/week rather than every day, saves about $40/month from when I was really bad)
*got a Tiffin box and started bringing lunch to work (have been really bad about this for the last two weeks, but before that I was doing well...probably saves $50/month or so if I do it regularly)
I'm sure there are more...for others who said they felt similarly to what I described (i.e. have not yet achieved a truly "frugal" status), what have
you been able to do?