Then I had two boys. Two wonderful, smiley, energetic, healthy children who don't love running errands. I hate having to buckle & unbuckle two car seats. (Those of you with three, four, or more children, my heart goes out to you. All those car seats must be tough.) With one child, I could manage my formerly frugal lifestyle.
However, since the joyful addition of our second child, I've noticed my frugality slipping. I have been feeling a little guilty lately, but then I saw this post on BargainBabe.com. I left a comment for her, letting her know that having a child has caused me to deviate a bit from my formerly frugal ways as well.
Here are some non-frugal confessions from my life lately:
-Library book fines. It doesn't help that the library changed the check-out period to two weeks and upped the fines to $.25 per day per book! I used to be rigid about due dates on library books to avoid fines.
-I ordered from Omaha Steaks. They had a great deal and I couldn't pass up meat being delivered to my door. And yes, I paid shipping.
-Ordering extra items to get my Target.com diaper order above $50 so I can get the free shipping. (However, the last two times I just ordered extra diapers!)
-Not going to three different grocery stores to get the best bargains on staples like pasta sauce or bread. I just shop once per week and get what we need at one store.
-Not baking our own bread. Sometimes I get out the breadmaker, though.
-Keeping the AC between 72* and 74*. I used to try and turn it off during the day! But if I want those boys to nap, they need to be comfortable!
-Forgetting reusable bags in my car when I go to Target. And not taking both boys back out to the car to retrieve them. $.05 lost per bag.
-Not having a backyard herb garden. It died.
So...what frugal practices do I still keep?
-Clean with vinegar or other homemade cleaners
-Eat at home
-Use rags instead of paper towels
-Reusing barely-used zip lock bags and cereal box liners
-Cutting my husband's hair myself.
-Not using the full recommended amount of laundry or dish washing detergent.
I'd love to hear from you!
Do you have any frugal practices you'd like to suggest I implement?