I've been taking some steps to try to cut back household expenses. Some of my friends, who've recently been laid off are employing similar tactics.
Sure, the going-out-on-the-town budget has shrunk, but I'm gaining more quality time with my friends and family. For instance, instead of going out to dinner and a late movie the other night, my friends and I opted to make food together, and then play board games at home. Not only did we have a great time cooking and hanging out, but we had more fun at home than we would have in a loud restaurant. Since then, I've been playing board games, such as Scrabble, at least a few times a week.
While other strategies such as planning affordable meals in and keeping the thermostat turned down are effective and practical, the new board-game nights are my favorite way of economizing. They don't use electricity, are cost efficient (you can pick up additional games at garage sales or borrow from friends), and provide a lot more family interaction than movies do.
Have you found any fun ways to economize?