The N-G's somewhat new series, Stretching Your Dollar, got a lot more personal for me last week.
The series features practical advice for readers about how to save some cash at a time when it seems everything is getting more expensive. I appreciated local experts' advice even more when Rob and I found out last week he'll be getting laid off later this month.
We are hopeful he'll be called back late this summer, and we've saved up an emergency fund for just such an occasion. However, we're going to have to cut back on our non-essential spending – things like beer and wine, dinners out and going to the movies. I will be referring back to our Stretching Your Dollars stories, starting with the practical advice offered by Georgetown resident Angie Adair.
In addition, we're going to try cutting back on how much gas we use – my cousin gave Rob a bike last weekend and we tried riding to the library Monday night. It worked OK, but we're going to have to brush up on things like using arm signals. We're also hoping to beef up our vegetable garden this year, for more healthy and frugal ingredients. We'll probably cut down on home-improvement projects, as well, unless something happens that requires immediate attention.
I'm not planning on becoming one of those frugal bloggers – so many others already do an excellent job at that. However, I do plan to share my experience and ask your advice when it comes to living on one income this summer. I'm sure many of you have experienced similar situations.
As for Rob, he's doing OK with the news. He plans on working to expand his side business. However, I'm disappointed about one aspect of it – we'd finally decided we were stable enough to adopt a dog. Those plans, unfortunately, are on hold right now. We'll get through it – and I'm sure you'll hear all about it along the way.
Also - if you have ideas for people or organizations to be featured in Stretching Your Dollars, feel free to send me an email.
Photo of Angie Adair by News-Gazette photographer Rick Danzl.