I just read an article that shows gas going to $5 a gallon. Uggg, I have no clue how we will ever afford that. Food is already going up and will continue to do so. Utilities are on the rise too. The only option is to look for ways to cut the budget back even further. This is what we have planned and there will be more to come. Ok so of course birthdays and holidays are already at 50% of what they were. That might have to get a bit tighter in this economy. Our house is for sale right now, and plans to build on our farm mortgage free. The van is being sold and I am going to buy a little buick for a grand from my father. Its tight in the van with all of us but I don't see an option. Its just too expensive to drive. I am ready to get an Amish buggy at this point. We are going to do without phone service completely. Not sure if I will bother with a trac phone or not. My hubby works for our cable company but they do not offer service where our new house is but will pay for internet so we are going down to internet only. The goal is to produce on the farm 50% of all our food, and we are switching to pure wood heat. I would love to cut our medical but I don't see how to do that right now. Just doing basic appointments for everyone we spend a couple thousand on copays and our premiums went up again. I think there is no savings to be had in this area. I buy almost all our clothes from consignment stores except special occassion or dress up clothing. So what does everyone else have planned for the coming year?