A segment on Monday’s Today show caught my attention. It was about how moms are cutting back to save money. Candace Corlett, president of WSL Strategic Retail, talked about a study her firm conducted on how America shops in crisis. What did they find? Moms are cutting back on eating out, salon services, and home services. (Now before you say “duh!” Let me finish.)
To save money, we’re eating more leftovers and baking rather than buying desserts. She went on to coin it as we’re “channeling June Cleaver.”
This struck me as funny, because lately I’ve felt a little like June Cleaver. Well, almost. Like Susan’s family, we made a new year’s resolution to get into better financial shape. We set up a new budget to pay down some debt and put more into savings, and then… My husband’s employer cut salary by 20 percent. There goes that budget! Now, we’re trying to cut back even more.
What have I found so far? Saving money takes a lot of June Cleaverish work! This mostly involves cooking and baking more. For instance, instead of buying cookies at the store, I’ve been baking from scratch. Baking is definitely not my forte. Every Christmas I do manage to bake some cookies that turn out fairly edible. But after the holidays, it’s goodbye hand mixer. Hello, Keebler elves. Needless to say, the elves haven’t been around, and I’m developing the shakes from my cheapo hand mixer.
Because eating out isn’t an option, I’ve been cooking every night and making good use of leftovers. All in all, I’ve been proud of my domesticated side so far. But, here’s the catch… In today’s world June Cleaver has to work!
Sure, you can save by cutting out little conveniences in life. But when does it get to be too much work than its worth? Since business has been slow, I’ve had the extra time to cook and bake more. But, I’m interested to see what happens when business starts picking up again. I hope I can keep up on my June Cleaverish ways. It’s something I’ll have to do to keep us within our shrinking budget.
What ways are you trying to save around the house? Are you channeling June Cleaver? Or Peggy Bundy, by doing nothing and blaming Al? 🙂