For me ... we had to make an adjustment to our spending some 4 years ago when I started working part-time after having Austin and then FULL TIME when Ethan's medical issues starting demanding more of my time. It didn't help that son #3 was also on his way.
We needed to learn to live on one income and then any additional income would be GRAVY!
Basically I do the following consistently!
1) Plan my shopping trips
2)Make a list for each store
3)Shop w/ coupons
4)Write letters/emails to the manufacturers and tell them about their products (occasionally I will get coupons in their response letters, but this is NOT what I am looking for when I write the letters. I want products I like to stick around.)
5)Purchase based on price, size, and coupon, not the lowest price. I would rather have 4 bottles of small mustard for 10 cents each that 1 big bottle for $1.50 .. ya know?
For the "regular" stores that double and triple coupons, I try to only purchase those items that are on sale so I can get them FREE or not for very much at all. This shopping measure allows me to then purchase what we need that I do not have a coupon for and usually the brand of what I want. (I use store brand AND brand names.)
For everyday stuff ....
I JUST started doing my own hair! I watched a BUNCH of YouTube videos, yes, YouTube and did my hair this weekend and love, love, love it. I saved 65.00!!!
I cut my sons hair (tods)
I cook 5 to 6 times per week and make enough for lunch the next day.
I buy 2 whole rotisserie chickens from Sam's twice a month for meals and chicken salad. $4.97 each!
I AM a thifter! I have ONE main thrift store and I love it. I signed up for their newsletters and even get coupons. My boys are set for the summer, (shirts, shorts, swim trunks, basketball shorts and jerseys) excluding shoes and I spent $50.00 for all three of them. 12 1/2, 4 yrs and 2 1/2 years old.
There is so, so much more ... but I have to get outta here. Hop on over to WeareTHATfamily and see where else you can save!