It seems as if life is full of firsts. Lots of them actually. First steps. First words. First kiss. First dates. First online dating profile. First time I tried Guinness. First speeding ticket. Most first times are awkward and uncomfortable and you have absolutely no clue what you are doing! Hence, my first blog post.
I always sort of wanted to start a blog but I couldn't figure out what I would blog about. I read a lot of blogs and I'm always like... "Wow! That is such a great idea! That person is so smart!" I wasn't sure if I wanted to blog about teaching, life, or what... I'm not an expert in anything. So whether by accident (lots of blog names are already taken..surprise, surprise) or simple fate, I decided to blog about living on a shoe string budget. My bank account is never very full. It's definitely a pessimist and verges on the glass is always empty motto. However, I've found a way to live on a shoe string. It's a balancing act for sure. Sometimes you get to do something fun, sometimes you have to create your own fun. Lots of time you can't afford a vacation but you learn to make compromises. I've heard horror stories of frugal gone wild...from "olive and soup bone stew" to dumpster diving for coupons. I'm not a crazy extreme couponer but I do read blogs and try to match up things to get the best deal I can. I recently upgraded to the coupon binder...something I swore I would NEVER be caught doing! (Amazing how approaching 30 and still being broke can change someone) But, I've learned from some of the savviest shoppers around. I feel like my friends and family members are always on the hunt for a great deal. I try my best. I'm not someone who will buy something just because I have a coupon. However, if it's something I actually buy...then why wouldn't you?
This week's shoe string lesson: set a budget and stick to it.
Sounds easy enough... but I'm a marketer's dream! I love "NEW" and food. I've found that meal planning and printing out a list really help me decide how much to spend and help me from over shopping. I usually read Money Saving Mom and match up all the Target and Kroger deals for the week, check the cabinets/freezer, and then record my meals and grocery list here.... (Thanks to KamleyLane.com!)
here) which proves you don't have to eat store brand on a budget. Hopefully, this first time wasn't too awkward and you'll want to come back for seconds.