I write a lot about shopping here at Like Merchant Ships. After all, bargain hunting is the fun part of good stewardship! But in living frugally, sometimes the more important things to discover are the things our families DON'T need. A few examples from our week:
We're going gung-ho on the low carb eating. As I was making this week's food budget, I realized that eating this way doesn't have to cost extra. Eating low carb is about *subtracting* starches from the dinner plate, not replacing them with pricey specialty products.
We just canceled our Netflix subscription. Sure, it was cheaper than cable TV or the movies, but we had reached a point of film saturation. Now we're watching and trading the used DVDs we received as Christmas gifts. We may renew our Netflix when summer comes, but we don't need a steady stream of movies ALL the time.
At first we lamented selling the fancy high chair we used with the firstborn. Elise is just as happy in this inexpensive portable seat! Not only does it save space, its tray easily fits into the sink. It is so nice to spray it clean without a geyser of water shooting all over the kitchen! (Thanks to Jordana for reassuring me on this!) We had a similar success by using a sling and convertible carseat instead of both the infant carrier seat and a larger seat down the road.
Have you recently discovered something your family DOESN'T need? Share below! If anyone's still having trouble commenting, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!