We should make a list of things we are doing to cut back in other areas to make up for it. We may get some ideas that we havent thought of for ourselves.
I've been doing this for a long time, but it's just the way the cheap ol' man raised me.
If something around the house breaks, I don't replace it until I really really need it. For example, my daughter tried to flush a doll down my toilet. Didn't affect me, as I either pee outside or in the shower, and take my dumps at work (weekdays) or in the woods (weekends), so I didn't fix it for about 3 months. Wife wasn't really happy about going across the house during the night, but didn't bother me.
I have a vacuum sealer I put up everything with. I buy everything in bulk (if practicable) and freeze until needed. Example, the same ham or turkey you pay $6/lb for at the deli can be bought for half of that if you buy the whole ham, or a 5lb pack of sliced turkey from sams.
I try to make it a point to bring home something to eat every time I go hunting or fishing. It never pays for the trip, but it makes you feel better than getting skunked. I also take a lot more time cleaning game to get every last little piece of meat I can whittle away. Looks like buzzards and fire ants got hold to it when I'm done.
Make friends with someone retired who can hunt and fish around your schedule. Those fellas usually enjoy the company and don't mind splitting expenses. Do like I did and sell one your boat. It's a win-win situation.
I buy damn near all of the kids' clothes at resale shops. 25% of the cost, and they outgrow them way before they become rags.
I make my own laundry detergent. It sounds lame, but I make 5 gallons in 10 minutes for less than 3 dollars. Washing clothes for 5 people gets expensive if you are buying store-bought stuff.
I'll skip a meal or two before I pay $15 for a burger, I don't give a damn what kind of review the newspaper gave the place, there isn't a piece of a cow I can fit in my hand that's worth that much.
I drink Beast light instead of Miller Lite half the time now to save money. And always buy the biggest box of beer, it's more economical.
I wait until the dog or cat quits running until I shoot now. Can't afford more than one bullet per critter.
Also, $9.00/sack whole corn makes it a lot tougher to put out sacks at a time like the old days. Sweetfeed and ricebran end up being more economical where I hunt.