I love when my friends pass along blogs to me about saving money. I'm all over saving money — to a degree. One blog was about how a family lives on $1000 a month. That alone makes me laugh. Why? I live in Chicago. You can't get a house here with a mortgage that low. I couldn't live in a shack in Chicago in a drug infested neighborhood and get a mortgage that low. Heck, our car payments are almost that! I refuse to wash my clothes in a bucket in the shower to save a couple of bucks. I don't have grocery stores here that double or triple coupons. Heck, I don't even have too much of choice where to shop. The stores I do have — they pretty much have the same prices. I have to buy namebrand diapers, because the others leak. They do. We've tried.
I'd love to be more frugal. I'd love to save money. However, I need realistic ways to do this. I cut out coupons from the Sunday paper and I try to buy things on sale. However, I will not give up my Kraft Mac & Cheese. Generic just doesn't cut it for that.
I'm interested in how you all are frugal. How do you save your money?