What things have you cut back on to save money?
I need ideas! I want to buy a home by the end of this year and am trying to cut back so I can pay off bills and save some money. I've already changed my phone service to the basic service and got rid of my long distance. Instead I'm using my old Sprint phone card, costs me $20 for over 400 minutes...and lasts me about 6 months. Big difference, even though it's a hassle dialing all those numbers sometimes. I took off all the extras that I never use like call forwarding and call waiting...and caller id..which I did use but can live without.
I also started a savings account in another city, having it direct deposited out of my paycheck. NO ATM card!
Decided we would not go out to eat unless it was a special occasion like a birthday and already told the kids (two of them) that they would be having smaller birthday parties this year.
No more buying from catalogs the school system sends home, no more girl scout cookies (yikes! they've gone up 50 cents per box and probably gotten smaller!!), etc...
No more toys or other unnecessary items for awhile..except for birthdays when shopping for the necessities in places like Wal-Mart.
I'm trying to buy things on sale or with coupons...only the things we have to have like shampoo, cleaning products etc...
Also going to keep up the maintenance on my car. I just found out my rotors are worn down and need to be replaced on my front wheels. If the pads had been changed sooner that wouldn't have happened.
What else can I do? Would love to hear any ideas.