I have a close friend and fellow mom I keep up with while commuting. That is, when one of us is in the car, we call the other.
She has two girls and thanks to dance, gymnastics and softball, we have plenty of time to talk. For a while, it seemed like we couldn’t have an uninterrupted conversation, not because of her girls or my boys, but because we’d have to pause our conversation while she went through a drive-thru for drinks on-the-go.
One day, she asked me if I had any suggestions on how she might get better control of her budget. It may seem obvious, but my first suggestion was to stop “convenience spending.”
She didn’t even realize what the drive-thru was costing her until she put a pencil to it. While this was an extreme situation, have you ever added up how much a dollar here and a few bucks there is?
I keep a small cooler handy in the kitchen, pre-filled with a few cans of soda, juice boxes and a couple of bottles of water. It’s become a habit to toss a freezer pouch in the cooler every time I leave the house.
This particular tip comes from my own mom, who notoriously keeps a cube of Diet Vanilla Pepsi in her trunk and never leaves the house without a to-go cup of ice.