We rarely go out to dinner and NEVER at nice places any more. So that is one place we save a little $$.
We try not to take car trips that are unnecessary and we only have 1 car.
My mom is a compulsive Goodwill shopper :LOL and picks up lots of great stuff for DD so that helps.
I buy practically nothing for myself...I rarely get haircuts, don't wear makeup or do my nails, my clothes are mostly ill-fitting and old
(although I did buy a few things this summer, don't feel sorry for me!). DH buys even less! We were never clotheshorse or "metrosexual" types. We buy the bargain brand shampoo at Trader Joe's and stuff like that. When the spray cleaner or the hand soap are almost out we pour in a little water to stretch it
(I can't believe I just admitted that...as if it makes a difference! But it is just a weird thing we do).
People looking at our lifestyle would probably
at some of our choices. We love to buy toys for DD, for example (not extravagant ones, but new ones) - that is money that arguably could be spent elsewhere. We do always buy organic milk and other expensive grocery items (DH and I argue about organic beef and chicken, but I simply will not buy normally-raised beef in most circumstances). Occasionally we just splurge and go somewhere/do something/buy something that is totally not in the budget of a low-budget family like us :LOL! But that is just how we are.
So we don't have a lot of "mid-range" items like nice furniture or a second car, but we don't really skimp too much on the little luxuries. At least it seems like we don't until I see other people's lifestyles and the incredible sums they spend on their kids' toys and clothes!! Then I really feel poor.
But I grew up in a family where there was a lot of money being spent at a certain point but other more important things were missing. Shopping trips at Nordstrom can't make up for family members being alienated from each other!
I try to keep my priorities straight but I'd be lying if I didn't wish we didn't have to economize, especially when buying stuff for DD.