I am not sure if we will buy new or used. If we buy used, it will be a car without a lot of miles on it. I am not set on a certain kind of car but do want an SUV as we plan to have more kids and need one bigger vehicle for the family. Now my husband on the other hand, he is very set on what he wants. He has been talking about getting a Mustang pretty much non-stop for the last two years and will be getting one as his next car. He is obsessed!
In order to save money for our next cars, this is what we are doing:
1. Create a budgetA couple of months ago, I heard about You Need a Budget (YNAB) on another blog and I loved the name and the idea and looked into using the service myself. YNAB is a personal budgeting web app that can also work on your phone.
4 different rules: 1. Give every dollar a job. 2. Save for a rainy day. 3. Roll with the punches. 4. Live on last month's income. This service helps you to get total control of your money and is flexible. It helps you stop overdrafting, pay off credit card debt, lower stress levels and achieve financial peace.
|An example of how YNAB works. I love that it helps you to realize how much you have to spend in each category|
We are following a budget which we have never really done before. When our money that we planned to use to go out to eat with is gone, that means no more going out to eat that month which is helping us budget.
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|The money that I saved with Ebates in the last month.|
2. Coupons and shopping salesI love to work hard at saving money. I love couponing, shopping sales and shopping at ALDI saves us a lot of money. I love the apps Retail Me Not and Ebates which have saved me a lot of money over the years. Before I make a purchase, I just check Retail Me Not and a lot of times, there is a coupon for the store that I am purchasing at and I save extra money. If something is not on sale and I do not truly need it then, I wait until it goes on sale.
|Part of one of my Door to Door Organics orders. I order the medium box since we love produce.|
3. Waiting as long as we can to buy new carsSomething that is hard to do is not get what you want when you want it. My husband would have loved to get his beloved Mustang this spring but we are going to try to wait another year to buy our cars so that we can save more money. That way, we can save the money that we need to and overall, we will need less cars in our lifetime than if we bought new ones every 5 years.
|This kid is better dressed than most people I know! haha|
4. Limiting spendingTroy and I are pretty good at limiting spending. We do not go out to eat all the time. We try to make due with what we have, etc. After doing a big spring cleaning and getting rid of a lot of stuff, I realized that I am actually happier with less. I hate clutter so why do I continue to buy more and more and create clutter in my house?
My one weakness is buying stuff for Adalyn. I love buying her clothes, books, toys, etc. I do get almost everything on our local Facebook swap group, mom to mom sales, or on clearance though so I do not think that it is too bad of a habit.
5. Put money into savingsAfter saving money by being frugal, we put our money into a savings account. We had a little money in stocks which turned out to be a poor decision because the stock we invested in crashed and we lost a decent amount of money. Since we do not have a ton of money to be playing around with, we took our money out of stocks and are going to put in in more stable savings. I am working on getting some of our money into a CD which pays higher than a savings account. The rest will be in our savings account which only pays 0.9% but is better than nothing.
|A local community center near us with an inexpensive waterpark.|
6. Look for local free or cheap eventsWe use the Entertainment Book and Groupon for going out to eat and for different events. I like following local blogs such as Metro Detroit Mommy and Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood to know about local events that are going on that are either inexpensive or free. We love to get out and have fun so staying at home and doing nothing is not an option. There are so many inexpensive things that you can do instead of spending a ton of money. This helps with saving money a lot because we get to feel like we are experiencing a lot but are not spending an arm and leg.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by You Need a Budget. All opinions are my own.