Hey friends,

If you’ve been to my blog before and have browsed my posts, you may know that my husband and I are on the journey to saving for our first home.

If you haven’t been here, Welcome! And you can get caught up on our journey here.

Boy oh boy has this been an exciting and an equally frustrating process. And lately, it’s been more of the latter.

It’s amazing to think that two people with decent salaries would have a hard time putting away $1,000 a month to reach a goal. I’m not trying to complain here. I know how incredibly fortunate we are that we can even dream of putting that kind of money away while also paying all of our bills and having some wiggle room for fun spending money.

But man, when you have a goal and can’t make it happen each month, it sticks.

This past month I’ve fallen behind between a $300 dentist bill and a $200 dog kennel bill.

And in September, we’ve got about another $400 in dental expenses coming.

Once again, I am so thankful that we have the funds to take care of the things we need to take care of. Our health and well-being is important to us. But each time I write a check out for something other than our house savings again, I get a bit frustrated.

Have you ever felt this way? I’m sure I’m not the only one…

The more I thought about this problem, the more I wanted to brainstorm different ways to ensure we can reach our goals in our desired time frame.

As a writer, I am very lucky that I always have the opportunity to contract out more work. And that’s exactly what I did. I’ve picked up a few additional clients and I’m excited about that. But, it’s also important to me that I don’t burn myself out.

So I’ve begun to think of a few other things that might help.

For instance, I’m thinking of maybe having a garage sale this Fall. I’ve got a bunch of brand name clothes in good condition I could probably sell. And I also thinking of refurbishing a few old dressers and other pieces of furniture that I’m hoping would sell.

I also gave up shopping at the pet store and have moved to shopping online at Chewy.com. If you have dogs, you’ve got to check this website out. They have an amazing selection of toys, blankets, beds, food, etc. And it’s ALL DISCOUNTED!

There’s nothing I love more than spoiling my pups, so this site is a Godsend for me.

Last but not least, I’m trying to get back in the habit of using coupons whenever I can. A quarter here and a dime there adds up!

Anyways, I’d love to know if you have any suggestions of how you save money. Please, please, please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks so much!