Guest blogger, NorEastMom came up with ways to cut costs WITHOUT cutting your wrists.
The Lighter Side: five ways for moms to cut costs:
1. Go green and hit up consignment shops. Do this long enough, and that same rush you get from the killer Nordstrom sale will be begin to happen when you come across a pair of Robeez still in the box for eight bucks. If your friends are grossed out tell them, "I'm saving the planet by re-wearing strangers' clothes over and over. This shirt still smells like B.O. when it rains. Wanna sniff it?" Trust me, they'll shut their yap.
2. This Christmas, keep it simple. Cardboard boxes, sticks, rocks, waterguns, crazy glue. These items will keep any child busy for hours. As for what you put under the tree, wrap everything. Socks, new carseats, toothpaste, you name it. "The elves make Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, mommy?" This year they do, baby ... let your kids know they're lucky to have even the basics. You can mop up the tears with the new socks.
3. Romantic dinners in. Ordering takeout from your favorite restaurant eliminates tip and the inflated alcohol bill. Plus side is, you can both dine naked, or dress like a French maid, hell, even a Scottish hooker (that would be a regular hooker costume with a bit of plaid thrown in). Attire like this wouldn't go over big at Nobu.
4. Become a boxed wine bitch. This may seem extreme to some, but if you and your husband like your wine, you may be spending more than $50 a week on this habit. There are some respectable boxed brands out there now that are tasty and affordable ($20 for 3L, or 4 bottles), and boxes keep longer than an open bottle. Drink it out of plastic cups to give the night that "meeting in a cheap motel" allure.
5. And finally, to survive the recession, get over yourself. Being globally conscious doesn't just mean recycling yogurt containers, it means recognizing how amazingly fortunate you are to live in this country, with multiple conveniences at your fingertips. So if you're cranky that you have to give up your Fuji water for awhile, remember that plenty of mommies on the planet are carrying home 10 gallons of well water right now ... on their heads. Fill up with gratitude about what you do have, and make ends meet with a smile. But make sure you save up those hardship stories to tell your kids when they complain about the recession.