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Envelope system and saving update

January 11th, 2008 at 10:55 pm



DH and I sat down this evening to evaluate how the envelope system is working for us. There isn't enough in any of the envelopes to pay that bill but there's money in each of them and we have two to three weeks to get the money for the current bills and that should be very doable. It's only been six days but it appears that the system is definitely working for us.

While we were discussing this, DH told me that he wants to try to pay the bills from shop income and save at least half of what I earn. Wow! If we can do that, we can have some decent savings in short order! The shop is making enough to cover all the bills but only if we stop frittering away money. We still do that and although we do less than in the recent past, cutting back on that more will ensure we can pay our expenses with the shop money and save a good portion of my income.

Frittering - it's so easy to do! We eat out too much which isn't good for the pocket book or the health. And DH likes to buy soft drinks and snacks while we're out and those are hard on the budget and health, too. I admit I do it occasionally, too. But if we just cut back on eating out, that will make a big difference.

I think if we keep track of every penny we spend for awhile it will show us again just how much money we're frittering. When we did that before, it stopped us in our tracks and caused major overnight changes. But that was a few years ago and we're complacent again, I think. Now if I can just talk him into doing that again. But that's the kicker. He knows we blow too much and he knows we need to stop so he will probably remind me that he knows those things and say there's no need to track every penny again. If he does, I won't bring it up again.

I'm grateful, though, that he's working to improve our financial situation and is aware and willing to work on it with me. Yaaaaay for husbands who man up! Wink

6 Responses to “Envelope system and saving update”

  1. ralph Says:

    Congrats! You have achieved a major milestone, convincing your spouse of the need to buckle down and cut spending. Now at least you are both filling the hole instead of one filling while the other is digging!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Good for you!

  3. littlemama Says:

    Maybe it would help to pack a small cooler when you go out. We pack mostly water and small snacks. Has really saved us a bundle, especially with 3 kids.

  4. denisentexas Says:

    Ralph, thanks and yep, we've reached a milestone!

    littlemama, that's what we need to do and we used to do that but got out of the habit. I guess its time to start again.

  5. luxliving Says:

    Do you like to read Denise? How about checking out 'Smart Couples Finish Rich' by David Bach from your local library. You can hit any highpoints that you hadn't realized yet with your husband. Maybe he's a reader too and would read it? Mine won't read, but will let me give a synopsis! Big Grin
    Good also by that same author is 'The Automatic Millionaire' and 'Smart Women Finish Rich'.

  6. denisentexas Says:

    LL, DH and I both like to read. He willingly read TMMO because I yakked about it so much and has tried to keep that in mind when talking finances. I will look for those three books. Thanks for the suggestions!

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