Frugal Foodie Mama: A Few Budgeting Tips From Rambling Momma {& a Giveaway!}

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Few Budgeting Tips From Rambling Momma {& a Giveaway!}

I would love to introduce you all to my Friendship Bread sponsor for the month of January, Terri from Rambling Momma.  I quickly discovered that Terri and I had something in common- we are both trying to revamp our finances and budgets with the Total Money Makeover principles of Dave Ramsey.  I have actually been reading his book for the past couple of months, and my husband and I are presently working on Baby Step #1- the emergency fund.  Check out some of what Terri and her husband have already learned about financial freedom, and then be sure to enter to win your very own copy of the The Total Money Makeover courtesy of Terri! :)

Hi there ya'all, I am so glad to be able to come over here and guest post for Carrie.
I blog over at Rambling Momma...

So it's a New Year... how about some changes?

I used to be a big spender...$$$$$$

It was nothing for me to spend as much money as I felt like it. I remember one week I bought 9 pairs of shoes- YES I AM CRAZY.  

If I am having a bad day, I would go shopping. Some people eat chocolate.  I shopped.
It has caused many arguments between my husband and I.
But since moving here 
Oh yeah...
thanks to 
Dave Ramsey and his money management skills.  
In fact, my pastor teaches his course at a college here and he has been giving us hints and tips here and there.  I have never before wanted anything to do with a budget or saving money.
I wanted to spend, spend spend.
I have noticed a significant drop in our arguing, and we get along so much better.
Yes, it is hard to get used to following a budget.
You cannot just punish yourself - well you can but it wont work well.
Allow yourself to eat out.
But BUDGET for it.
Take lunch to work with you- it isn't that bad to eat leftovers, salad or a sandwich...
Give yourself a weekly allowance and if you use it all before the start of a new week, do not take more money out.  Wait til the week begins, or learn to not spend right away. :P 
Don't go grocery shopping without a list- you buy more then you ever need.
I also have started menu planning- even if you don't plan to cook every night, plan something for every night.  I promise you... coming home from work will be less stressful when you have something in the crock pot or something quick and easy to fix.
 I used to get super stressed over what I will make for supper each day...not anymore.  I know what I am making for the next 14 days and if there is a day we go out to eat, then I will make that for the next day. 
I write my list based on what's on the menu.  I buy just what I need for those meals- then there is no running to the store every day to get what you need for a meal. You buy it all at once.  
Of course if you buy in bulk- soon enough you wont have to spend as much money and you can buy shoes or clothes instead :P
This Christmas I found myself looking for the cheapest presents for people (not because I am a scrooge, but because I want do more saving than spending).
Fill your gas tank on pay day, and it is proven that you will spend less gas if you fill up completely. 
Every dollar we spend is now budgeted for and what a difference! In this past month we have saved $1000.00- yes it is quite easy to do, that is with a vacation and Christmas separate...we have cut our eating out to once per week and sometimes not even that. 
Ready to get your own finances in order once and for all?  Terri is giving one lucky reader a copy of Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover!  Just enter using the Rafflecopter below.
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