Having three kids in a single income household means that we think about our finances a lot. Not only do we have to feed and clothe them now, but we have three college tuitions to plan for. Wow. Given that we are still paying off our student debt, this is no simple task. Aside from hoping they get scholarships and get into UT for something other than preschool, we really needed a plan.
Our first step is really having a budget and sticking to it. We have set amounts for things like clothing, restaurants, grocery bills and gas. I keep tabs on our spending throughout the month and can cut back on eating out for example if we are in danger of going over the limit. This has worked a lot better than estimating where we are with our spending. It is easy to forget how little things like lunch can add up quickly!
Another helpful thing we do is we now scan all our bills as they come in. When we really looked at our credit card statements we found more than fraudulent charges. It is so important to keep track! A few phone calls to the bank took care of these, but if we hadn't been checking we never would have known.
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