Squeezing your budget (when it’s already begging for mercy)

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Otherwise known as “How Mama is paying for an unexpected car repair.”

Yep, my car was just in the shop for a $1,000 AC system replacement. Lest you think that I could have skipped this repair, know that it was 112 here recently and the kids and I find it inhumane to travel without AC.

I have a month until the credit card bill is due, so I’m really putting the squeeze on our budget. I want to find, earn, or scrounge as much as possible so I don’t have to dip into our emergency fund.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Bought diapers with Amazon credit earned through online surveys
(learn about my 4 favorite survey companies)
Sold Little Peanut’s outgrown baby stuff to a consignment store $27
Redeemed all of my MySurvey points $100
Recycled cans, bottles, plastic $31
Sold an unwanted gift card $19
Made pizza for Friday Movie Night instead of getting take-n-bake $15
Made a menu plan (using Plan It, Don’t Panic) based on what’s in the pantry/garden and skipped the grocery store $75
Cashed in all my Swagbucks (what are Swagbucks?) $35
Total to date $337

Not bad for the first week–but there’s a long way to go. And I’ll have a mutiny if I don’t go to the grocery store for a month.

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