It seems that unless your Oprah or Bill Gates, the rising cost of gas, food, and other commidities will have you re-thinking your budget. In our family, we try and watch our spending by eating out with our Entertainment Book, which will typically give you 50% off one entree, or buy an entree and get one free. We go to movies at the local dollar theater, and subscribe to Netflix, where we get a great rate for unlimited movie rentals per month. We also make frequent trips to the local library, which is a great resource for books, cd's and movies, all for free!
Check out these sites for a few extra ways to save your money!
http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ coupons, tips and ideas on how to save money at the store!
http://www.thecouponclippers.com/ start keeping track of your coupons
http://www.craigslist.com/ it's one big garage sale...and a whole lot more
http://www.potterybarn.com/ i only shop the clearance...it's 75% off, and a great way to update your home without breaking the bank
http://www.overstock.com/ they have a great assortment of everything, plus shipping is always cheap
http://www.platoscloset.com/ if you have a teen that was born to shop...fab consignment store
http://www.ouac.com/ Once Upon a Child stores carry everything from baby gear, kids clothes, and maternity
http://www.aaa.com/ i cherish our membership and if you plan on traveling, they have wonderful deals on family vacations.