We're on a tight budget now after realizing our expenses were out of control. I've worked hard and had some help from the kids and we've cut the electric bill $100/month. We've cut out a lot of the dietary frills: no more dinners out, a lot less snacky junk food and such. Other stuff too, but you get the idea. I read an article the other day about things about being poor that people don't know unless they've been there. One thing that, oddly, wasn't mentioned was "not having a preference" because you have to get whatever is cheapest no matter what. I've spent about half my adult life in poverty and I still don't have preferences for many products. I still get the cheapest shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, cat little, pasta, etc etc. It's funny, because there have been times I could have splurged over the years but I rarely did until recently... and that's when we went over the edge. We were spending more than we were taking in, we might still be I'm not sure at the moment, but now I'm pulling back and reasserting my old habits that served me so well. Hopefully we will soon be living within our means again.