First and foremost, I HAVE to cut my grocery bill. When I first started staying home with the boys, I did a great job of shopping only once every two weeks, and only buying the necessities. Over the past year, however, I have gotten back in the habit of going to Wal-Mart several times a week and buying on impulse. My goal is to keep our grocery bill under $100 per week. Right now, I would say we have doubled, if not tripled on some weeks, that amount. I am also going to take the advice of a very sweet lady at Wal-Mart and cut the hell out of coupons. I am also going to keep a price book so I know who has the cheapest prices, when to buy on sale, etc.
Next on my list is to quit smoking. Daniel and I both smoke, which costs us about $70 a week. RIDICULOUS!! If Daniel and I quit smoking, we can almost pay for our health insurance, which would probably end up paying for our oxygen tanks down the road :) I have so many reasons to quit, and not any good ones not to. My only excuse is that I really do enjoy smoking, and I know it will be hard to quit. One reason that I (hope) will keep me on the right track is that my brother kicked his heroin habit cold turkey. If he managed that, I think I can manage quitting smoking. Hopefully Daniel and I will avoid a divorce...he's a total ass when he doesn't smoke. :) I know my smoking buddy (this means you, Manni!) is going to be lost without me, but I've got to do it!!
In February, Daniel and I are going to get a big chunk of money back on our taxes since we purchased our first home this year. We are going to pay off the majority of our credit card debt, which will be a big load off our shoulders.
I am going to get Levi potty trained. (AHHH!!!) He seems to have a big interest in the potty, and I am going to take advantage of it. I already buy the cheapest diapers (Parent's Choice @ Wal-Mart which cost me about $6.97 a week), but every penny counts.
If I can get my husband to hang my clothesline (this has been a "I'll do it this weekend, honey" thing for about 2 years!), I am going to hopefully reduce my energy bill by hanging clothes to dry instead of using the dryer.
Lastly, I am going to do my best to cut out all of the "extras". No more $1.50 drinks at the gas station, ordering pizza because I don't feel like cooking (ok...maybe occasionally I'll splurge), or buying random unneeded things at the store.
If anyone has any suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them!! Wish me luck!