I am like smrobs, I also fund my addiction with my addiction. I breed qh's - have my own studs so I don't pay stud fees, train & give lessons. I cut costs a lot of ways, but some aren't applicable in a boarding situation.
I feel you with the gas situation, I drive a 1-ton diesel...ouch. I pay more for fuel in a month than on the truck payment itself, grrr. I try to combine my errands and trips and split costs hauling with friends & clients.
We rarely eat out, I put up a big garden & can all of our veggies myself. We raise a steer and a couple of pigs every year and my parents have laying hens so we eat farm fresh eggs. My hubby is a hunter & fisherman, so we eat a lot of venison, pheasant & fish. Right now is morel mushroom season, so it's been venison steaks & mushrooms several nights a week - YUM! :)
We've given up vacation the last 2 years, I'm in desperate need of a trip to little gasparilla island :(
Cut back on an unneccessary spending, I always ask myself do I WANT or NEED it.
Have tack repaired instead of buying new. Don't skimp on quality the first time around and it should last a long time if it's taken care of. My roughout saddle is older than I am and it's still the best fitting most comfortable piece of equipment I've ever owned.
I don't have any boarders, but would have one if I had room and I would LOVE to have someone work it off! That would leave me time to ride more training horses and put more money in my pocket!
Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.