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5 Ways We Saved Money In April

If you know me, you know that I am all about saving a little bit of money. Sometimes it embarrasses my husband-but in the end he usually goes “you were right-that did work!” This will be a monthly series that I post outlining ways that we have saved money in the previous month. 5 ways

  1. I negotiated for a better price on our new floors-we recently had new flooring installed in part of our house. We finally were able to get rid of some of the nasty carpet that was in our home when we purchased it and put down new laminate flooring that I am in love with. The company originally quoted us $200 higher than what we ended up paying. I simply said “well, we had budgeted $300 less, can you match that?”, they came with $200 less and we did it! Savings-$200
  2. I purchased baby formula on clearance- While I breastfeed as much as possible, I have a low milk supply, so we have to supplement with formula. CVS recently re-did the packaging on their brand of formula (comprable to Gerber’s Gentlease formula), so the formula in the ‘old packaging’ went on clearance. Cans of formula that normally cost around $25 were on clearance for $5.99! We purchased 9 cans between myself and my mom (thanks, mom!) Savings-$180
  3. We stayed at home-Now that I am not working outside of the home, we are saving a good amount of money on gas each month. When I was working outside of the home, I was commuting 30 miles each way to work, 5 days a week. I would typically spend $50 in gas each week. Now, I usually only spend $20 in gas each week for my vehicle. Savings-$120
  4. We didn’t buy clothes-We are blessed that my husband’s new job provides him with uniforms. This has saved us money in purchasing clothing for him. When I was working as an Executive Assistant, I had to dress in business attire each day. We were expecting to spend at least $200 for new clothes for me when I returned to work after maternity leave. Savings-$250
  5. We cooked at home-While we did eat out somewhat more than usual this month for various reasons, we tried really hard to cook/eat at home. Now that I am working from home, I have more time to cook meals at home. This saved us a good amount of money this month. I also made breakfast and lunches for my husband most days so that he did not have to eat out. Savings-$150

Total Savings for April 2016-$900

How about you? How did you save money in April? How do you plan to save money in May?

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Thursday 2nd of June 2016

[…] was an expensive month for us, compared to April. We traveled a few times and had some additional expenses that we normally don’t have. […]

Sheila

Thursday 5th of May 2016

Pinching Pennies gives us freedom to do more :-) It is always good to be a great steward of God's money.

Angie Scheie

Thursday 5th of May 2016

I needed to read this today. I need to be a MUCH better steward of our money, and lately I have been shopping way too much :(. Thanks for the encouragement!

Jazmine

Thursday 5th of May 2016

These are such great ways to save money! Congrats on saving. I've been telling my boyfriend less take out will help him a little towards saving but he doesn't listen to me. aha. So I might send him this he might listen to someone else.

Faith

Wednesday 4th of May 2016

Love it. Always trying to save money, especially on groceries, and cooking at home is the best way to do it. My husband is big into reading reviews and comparing prices before buying anything, as well. Guards against impulse buying. ;)

Loving Living Lancaster

Wednesday 4th of May 2016

I agree! Food is such an outrageous expense-it's crazy!