2014 has brought some big changes in the pope household! jimmy left his job of 5 years to focus on finishing his CPA. it was a tough decision but one we knew was necessary in order for both of us to accomplish our goals & stop putting them off. prior to him leaving, we had to come up with a plan.
i have used mint.com since we got married. it allows me to track everything & also helps when constructing budgets, goals, etc. this helped identify where we were hemorrhaging our earnings.
cough cough target cough cough.
all kidding aside, it helped identify pesky spending habits & showed us what we needed to eliminate to help us as much as we could this year.
here is what we did to save:
* we were able to figure out a part time daycare plan for benji thanks to both sets of grandparents!
* we paid off jimmy’s truck.
* we cancelled cable! ahhh. i told one of my girlfriends & she said she had to go look outside for any flying pigs! we have a roku in our bedroom & just purchased google chromecast for our living room. we can stream netflix, hulu & amazon. today is day 1 of no cable & so far, so good.
* i cancelled my monthly subscriptions (except for gwynnie bee – i downgraded & saved $45).
this is only month 1 but i am already so proud of us! what are some ways you have been able to save? any fun tips you can share?