Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And Then She Saved

So recently I was following a link on CNN, which led to my usual browsing afterward and they featured a blogger named Anna Newell Jones of And Then She Saved. She is a young person, like myself, who works a decent job and is married, but still finds herself in debt from consumer credit cards and student loans. She spent a whole year on a self-imposed spending fast and she was able to pay down $17,000 of her debt. Incredible, right?

So over the next week or so I obsessively read all 70 something pages of her blog from the last year. A little much, I know. But I was so drawn into her story. After her first three months, I was read to do my own spending fast. Then I got my first paycheck of the year, and realized I already put the majority of my salary toward debt payment, so how in the world was I going to save money?

Well, there are a few things that really stood out for me from her blog that I will most likely consider using and doing without actually doing a complete and total spending fast. Here are the elements I am most likely to try:

  • Cut down on eating out. This one fits in especially well with my next plan - losing weight!
  • When grocery shopping, buy store brands - there is almost never, if any, difference between these and the fancy brands
  • When planning meals, plan around items I already have in the pantry.
  • Spend less on cleaning supplies - I realized at the store the other day that I would have spent nearly $9 on those Swiffer duster refill things. Obviously, that is too damn much money to spend on something that I am just going to throw away. So instead I bought a can of hypoallergenic dusting stuff that was $5 and will last me much longer. In the future I plan to investigate homemade cleaners for laundry, etc.
  • Cutting down on costs like cell phone. I have a Blackberry with the Internet, but I am at a computer all day for work, so why should I pay for Internet on my phone? I have started to look into this, but it is apparently more complicated than I thought it would be. More on that later.
So that's just a start on some things I would like to try from And Then She Saved. Only time will tell how they will pan out for me!


  1. I'm always looking for money saving ideas!

  2. "When planning meals, plan around items I already have in the pantry" - good idea. Whenever I bother to poke around in the pantry BEFORE going shopping, I'm always amazed at what I've already bought!!