by Texas Homesteader ~
It’s common for expenses to jump during the holidays. There are special gatherings to plan, gifts to buy, special foods, extra travel expenses and more. And then sometimes things happen that you just couldn’t plan for. It’s time to tighten the belt even more. Come see my tips.
If you follow us on Facebook you’ll know RancherMan & I recently received a crushing hit to both our hearts as well as our budget. We lost a prime young heifer in a freak accident.
She’d already been weaned and was ready to be listed for sale – a hefty percentage of our meager annual income.
When you’re self employed these losses crush not only your heart, but also your budget. A loss like this hits doubly hard for us. And at a really bad time of the year – leading into the holidays.
We’re always very careful with our budget. But sometimes the belt needs to be tightened even more. For us, now is the time! Links below will take you to posts with more detail on those topics.
Here are a few things at the forefront of our minds for the next several weeks:
No Corporate Income?
I’ve written before about how we are able to survive without a corporate income. These important yet easy-to-follow tips are even more important now.
The weather is beginning to turn colder and that often means the electric bill goes up. RancherMan & I are careful with our electricity usage which saves money in our budget. It’s not just about turning off unused lights, y’all!
Cooking meals from scratch using Cook-Once Eat-Twice is a valuable way we’re making sure to keep our grocery budget intact. I’m also storing our leftovers in glass so they all get eaten & don’t go to waste.
Make It Yourself
Staying out of the stores is important when your belt is tightened. I’ve written before about making our own laundry detergent and even a delightful scent booster for when I wanted a stronger fragrance for our clothes. I’m making my own sheer powdered makeup (and I love it, by the way!) Now’s the time for us to look at anything we used to purchase and ask ourselves: “Can we make that instead?”
Not only does our monthly budget need attention, but the expenses of the holidays need attention too. Thankfully this financial pop doesn’t mean we can’t continue with our comforting traditions.
We’ve been on a path of a simpler Christmas for the last several years. This means our Christmas is filled more with meaning, less with ‘stuff’.
That’s important y’all, read it again: More Meaning, Less Stuff.
Some of the easy ways we’ve simplified our Christmas season:
Homemade From The Heart
RancherMan & I typically make our own Christmas gifts every year. Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be beautiful, heartfelt and well received. We’ve given honey from our hives, canned apple pie filling, hummingbird feeders, homemade pasta & sauce & more!
Low Waste (and Low Cost) Gift-Wrapping Options
I’ve always hated all the waste every Christmas morning, so I did something about it. Our gift wrapping is still beautiful, but now it’s reusable. I’ve even made the cutest gift bags with repurposed denim!
We significantly ramped down our exorbitant holiday decorations a few years ago. Since our decorations are small there’s no need for the latest & greatest decorations to be added this year just so we can get rid of last year’s elaborate display. And RancherMan is beyond happy with our quicker (and way cuter) outside decoration idea!
So although our budget has taken a hit, we’ll incorporate these tips (and more) to get through it. What are some of your favorite ways to save money when times get tough?
Links In This Post
- Making Ends Meet w/o Corporate Income
- Tips For Saving Electricity
- Cook-Once Eat-Twice Method Of Cooking
- Ditch The Plastic In Your Refrigerator
- Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Laundry Scent Booster
- Sheer Powdered Makeup Recipe
- Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
- Low-Waste Gift wrap Ideas
- MYO Fabric Basket Using Repurposed Denim
- A Small Tree Can Be Beautiful Too
- Christmas Decoration: The Grinch
Other Frugal Tips
- When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly
- Build Financial Security With Less Effort
- Simplify Your Estate – Document These Numbers NOW!
- Thriving Financially Without A Corporate Paycheck
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- Is Food Past The Expiration Date Safe To Eat?
- Make A Cute Gift Box With A Repurposed Greeting Card
- MYO Minty Mouthwash
- Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Make A Cute Dish Carrier From Old Jeans
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Easiest Self-Sufficiency Steps To Take NOW
…and many MORE!
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