I can't even count how often I have read articles on-line on how to save money. Their click bait type titles used to work on me and I'd go see what kind of secret they know that will help me save $500. a month or more.
The articles never failed to let me down, and it has been some time since I have last attempted to read one of them. Maybe by now they have come up with some new practical advice to help those trying to spend less, but I haven't been checking to see.
I'm sure these articles may have helped some people, but the reason they didn't help me was because not a single thing on those lists applied to me.
1. Quit buying a cup of coffee on your way to work. ~ Never bought ready to drink coffee.
2. Start packing your lunch to take to work instead of buying something. ~ Already packed LV's lunch every day.
3. Don't go out to eat. ~ The thought of eating out was merely a dream, and not a very important one.
4. Cut your cable. ~ We didn't have TV.
And so it continued, by the end of the article I was always disappointed to not have learned a single thing on how I could possibly cut more corners, and save more money.
I had grown up in a frugal home, which probably helped make it a little easier for me when after we had been married for a number of years, some circumstances beyond our control made it necessary to learn how to make every penny stretch as far as possible.
Once the A-Z Challenge is over I'm planning to do a series of posts on what we learned during our time of living extremely frugally. If it helps someone, great! If not, well, it was simply part of our life story.