Emily emailed in the following testimonial which I thought many of you would be encouraged by reading:
I lost my job at the beginning of April. My former boss told me that he would pay me through the end of May. I figured that would give me enough time to find a job and still live without a worry. I was wrong! I have not received a paycheck since April 15.
Thanks to the advice that I have been reading on MoneySavingMom.com and my frugal ways, I am in a financial position in which I can go at least three months (comfortably) without pay. This support net has lifted a weight off my shoulders.
I spend many hours a day applying for jobs and searching for jobs. Unfortunately I haven’t had any luck yet, but I know that eventually I’ll find something (hopefully sooner than later).
Here are some of the things I have done to reduce my cost of living over the past year:
- Watch my energy rates and change when I find lower rates.
- Cut coupons and use them on items on sale, so that I pay minimal.
- Use free samples I find on MoneySavingMom.com and AllYou.com — I have enough shampoo to last me at least a year!
- Cook meals according to what’s on sale at the grocery store.
- Buy meat that is on sale because it’s approaching the ‘sell by’ date (and cook immediately).
- Cook big meals and freeze leftovers for days that I’m too tired to cook.
- Call Comcast periodically to see if they have lower rates (I’ve hit rock bottom — $86 for internet and cable).
- Collect gifts (on sale at stores) in the closet. When birthdays come up, I don’t have to go to the store and spend more money than planned.
Living a conservative and modest lifestyle has already helped me though the past couple of weeks. Of course I still feel very stressed to find a job, but because I’ve lived like this for a while, there is a little less stress and less of a financial transition to make which is great! -Emily