Times have been tough for a few years and being a one (steady) income household (my work varies depending on projects and clients and it’s not constant) we have to continuously change the way we budget our lives — sometimes month to month, other times at longer intervals.
In partnership with Luvs and SocialStars. Money saving ideas are my own.
Of course, this is the norm for many families, especially those with more than one child. We all know we have to be careful with money, but we don’t always act on it.
- Get cash back. Basically if you are going to shop online, which most of us do, make sure to go through a site such as ebates where you get cash back and other discounts on your online shopping. During Christmas for example, I was able to get back nearly $75 from my purchases.
- Kids eat free. Many chains and local eateries offer free meals for kids on specific days and times which helps cut back on the bill. Also, double check the kids meal prices — they are not always worth it. We take portions of our meals and make mini meals for our 3 year old because we know she won’t eat it all!
- Second-hand clothes shopping. It’s an obvious choice, but one that many (surprisingly) don’t do. I shop for my kids at second-hand stores since clothing for kids are not worn past one season because they grow so fast. So everything is basically new — often times original tags still on them.
- Swap! With a little bit of planning organize a baby/kid items, toys and clothing swap with your other mom friends, family members with kids close in age or in your neighborhood. This saves you money when needing to buy things for a second (or more!) child.
- Buyer beware. Bulk isn’t always better, so beware! For instance places such as Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s are not always the best deal for certain items. Take the time to compare prices to the amount of product being offered and see if bulk purchase is the best deal. For instance, we find Luvs are great diapers at a great value and there are constantly coupons and deals on them. That and their leak guard is no joke! My daughter is still very small so newborn diapers are big on her, but nothing, I mean NADA has come out. And we’ve had some serious caca happen!
Oh and for Christmas, we shop off Craigslist for bigger toy items for the kids.
One year we bought a complete train table, tracks and a box of trains for $100, a Melissa & Doug play kitchen for $60 and guess what — they never new the toys weren’t brand new and it has brought hours of happiness and of course, we smile knowing we got a sweet deal.