Amy Suardi, the blogger behind Frugal Mama, uses cost-saving and stress-saving strategies to maintain her familys lifestyle. Below, she shares some advice.
Recipes make life complicated. Steer toward basic cooking techniques, such as oven-roasting vegetables or sautéing meat, that can be applied to any food you find at a good price.
Dine in. Instead of going out to dinner, invite someone over. Dont worry about your house or the meal; people are just happy to be invited.
Join a neighborhood group, parent circle or school club. Smaller groups are best for trading hand-me-downs, baby gear, lawn equipment and cups of sugar. Bigger ones are great for canvassing the area for good handymen, doctors or mechanics.
Hiring a decorator or a landscape designer will pay off. You get good design and quality workmanship, and you avoid painful and costly mistakes. Renovating is so expensive and permanent; doing it right the first time is important.