It’s the end of 2009 and if you are like us, your wallet might be a little, ok A LOT, lighter after the holidays. We actually didn’t spend too much money on Christmas, as we didn’t have a lot to spend, yes, budgeting during holidays was a must do in this house. Christmas was light but still full of joy, love and good times.
Now it’s time to look ahead, and set our resolutions. And one of my major resolutions is to make and save money in 2010. Now, I’m not one to create resolutions that are too far fetched, but I do have to say I am not always the type to keep my resolution, either. So I’m not going to go crazy with my expectations, but here are three doable things we can do to save money in 2010…
¤Cut our grocery bill down! Most of our money is spent on food. Seriously, I don’t buy clothes but I do go off and spend too much on food. I would love to become a coupon addict…and I think my bank account will love me for doing so too. Eating in and creating weekly menus is sure to help as well….it’ll get me organized and save money – bonus!
¤Turn off the lights and a/c! Our electric bill in Hawaii is HUGE. MASSIVE. So massive that when I got my first bill when we moved here I called the electric company to make sure someone wasn’t stealing energy from us. Sadly, they weren’t. We were just using a lot of energy and energy is expensive when living on an island! So I will use the a/c less and make sure all appliances are unplugged when not in use…seems easy enough!
¤Call service companies such as our auto insurance peeps and motor trade insurance also, cell phone peeps and cable company to see if there is any way we can get a better deal and save money. One 15 minute call to AT&T last week saved me $200 moving forward. This taught me to call and talk with them, many companies are willing to work with you to see how you can cut corners but still get what you need at a good price.
Other resolutions of mine include taking better care of ME, keeping a house cleaning schedule for the entire family to help with and spending time with the family creating awesome memories here in Maui! That last one is a freebie…that’s not hard, but taking the one minute to really truly enjoy it, that is what I want to make sure I am doing!
What are your resolutions for 2010? Please share!