I know exactly how you feel. My husband has been on 3 day weeks for over a month. They said he would be back on full time this week but now they are talking not until sometime in January. He does get unemployment for the 2 day he is out but its still not what is normal.
I don't work but get a small pension ever month. We have cut out all but basic cable, basic low minutes cell phone (we use it for emergencies only) stopped all newspapers and magazines. If it wasn't that we do all our financial stuff online I wouldn't have Internet either.
EAT AT HOME! I can't stress that enough. A pot of beans goes a long way. We eat a lot of cereal and pancakes for dinner is pretty cheap. We even make our own pizza. We don't go out to eat unless its a cheap diner, and that very
We keep the thermostat set at "chilly" and wear extra clothes. We don't make any unnecessary trips to town. When he does go to work he stops and picks up anything we need at the store. Even without the drop in gas prices, our auto fuel bill has dropped by over half with him being home 4 days out of 7.
We have told all our family members not to buy us Christmas gifts. Everyone is hurting a bit so I think they were all glad to hear it. We don't do much anyway but this year there won't be any gifts under the tree and that's OK with us.
I bought some stuff at Lowes, its sheet insulation. Big blue sheets of 3/4" foam. I measured each window and cut the foam to size, then taped the foam on the inside of each window. It works much better than the plastic sheeting. I take it down in the spring, write which window it goes in and use it again the next winter. The rooms we don't use it stays up year round.
When I get a little extra $ I buy the high efficiency light bulbs. I've just about got ever light in the house replaced and I have seen a difference on the elect bill.
Only do full loads of laundry. When I buy fabric softener I immediately dilute it by half. It still works just as good.
I've started letting our horses out in the pasture for about 2-3 hours every day. There's not much out there for them to eat but they get a little exercise and its been making the round bale last longer. I also go out once a day with a pitch fork and pick up any they have dropped on the ground and put it back in the rack. Fortunately hay is something that the price has gone down
on in our area
I pray for better times but I have to say these aren't the worst we have lived through. Things will get better for all of us, I have faith