When I first sat down to write this, I intended to put forth facts, figures, and percentages about how inflation is out of control, but that only clogs our minds.
When it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is EVERYTHING is going up in price.
We pay the price at the grocery store, gas pump, utilities, and other services. The pest control company that services my home charges a fuel surcharge to drive out to spray my house.
One of the things we do to curtail expenses is going to town less. We wait until we have several errands to run and attack them in one day. To do otherwise is expensive.
I usually drive to Sam’s once a month. I bought double what I use up fastest this month, so I don’t have to make the trip next month. Who knows what the price of gas will be then.
Unfortunately, we take frequent trips to Houston during the month for different doctor appointments. It’s challenging to get appointments on the same day. However, we make a day of it. If there are other things we need at the farm that are unavailable in our small nearby town, we make the rounds in Houston to get what we need.
When speaking to my husband about the costs of living, we looked at our spending and chose these few things to cut back on.
1. No eating out
2. Setting the AC thermostat up
3. Limiting our trips to town
4. We are talking about buying a steer to raise and slaughter
5. Planting a more extensive fall garden to supplement our food
6. Buying more items in bulk (grains, powdered milk, canned goods, paper goods, etc.)
7. Installing a water catchment and filtering system or a well (the well would be a high front cost but a money saver in the end.)
These are just a few things we discussed.
What are you and your family doing to help curb the cost of living in today’s climate?
Let me know!