Have kids, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. On top of your parenting responsibilities to nurse and bathe the kid, clean the house, cook meals, manage a household, and maybe work outside of the home, too, you also want to make the most of every dollar you spend.
At Sorta Crunchy Mom, we are here with ten money saving tips so you can spend less, while being a kick-ass, momma, too:
1. Make a Grocery List & Stick. To. It.
Getting eggs and milk can be more than just getting eggs and milk if you end up on the wrong aisle at Target. The next time you’re heading to the grocery store (alone, preferably), make sure to go straight to the aisle of the items that you only NEED. Don’t look elsewhere. Look straight.
Let your list guide you all throughout. Resist the urge to do a side trip down the makeup section, or that candy area (and stop using your gummy bear-loving kid an excuse, because we all know what you do with those colorful things when they’re asleep).
Also, consider weekly or monthly meal planning. It can make dinner time AND shopping much, much easier.
2. Maintain Well-Stocked Pantry
Making dinner is easier when you don’t even have to go to the store.
Not only will you be able to whip up a tasty and affordable meal easily, but you are also saving (pun intended) your family from all those extra preservatives and salt in take-out food. Health means wealth and being healthy means you are also avoiding those unnecessary hospital bills along the way.
3. Sale Items & Coupons Are Your Best Friend!
…and we’re not just talking about clothes or any other items you usually check at Nordstrom Rack.
Start by building your grocery list (see number 1) around sale items, and stacking it with reward programs and manufacturers coupons. Go to the websites of your favorite brands since they usually send out 5-10% discount coupons via email. Doing so can divide your regular-priced shopping expenses into half (or even more).
Couponing is a fine balance between time and money – it might not make sense to spend hours finding and organizing coupons for your life. The Krazy Coupon Lady is a great place to start finding those awesome deals.
4. Head Straight to Clearance or Thrift Stores
Kid needs a new sweater? Say no more. Going to that clearance area FIRST may give you exactly just what you need without costing you and arm and a leg. If the sizing is off, minor alterations might be able to help.
Second-hand stores, consignment shops, and Facebook resale groups are other options for getting inexpensive clothes and household goods. I also like Thread Up, which is also an awesome place to make money out of your own closet.
5. Reselling is Key
Not only will you be able to keep your house clutter-free, you’re also earning quick cash from your kids’ old toys, books and clothes (or old anything, really). Amazon, eBay or Swap.com should help you in reselling the items that you decide to dispose.
Another tip: if you think you’ll go emotional with all the disposing (first swing set, first book that your kid ever completed, etc), snap a picture of the item and store it in your computer.
6. Bulk Buying
I don’t think the need for diapers, tissues and paper towels will cease to exist (at least for the latter). Although, fact is, they tend to be more expensive if you get them in a regular bulk price so when you chance upon getting these things on sale, do it as if it’s the last day of it (or until your budget would allow you to)! You’ll be surprised how much it’ll cut your expenses– and that’s also because you won’t need to run every now and then to the grocery, too.
Cloth diapers can help you lessen that disposable diapers expense. It’s good for the environment too! But only if you don’t get caught up buying those cute, limited edition prints. Covers with prefolds and pockets are affordable options for starting your cloth stash.
8. Live an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
Cut on your electricity use. Load up the washing machine all at once. Uce cloth napkins and reusable water bottles. Swap light bulbs for LED lights, which use 30 percent less energy and can last ten times longer. Promote quick showers for the family– after all, 10 minutes is all you need. There are a tons of ways to cut your dependency on
9. Presence vs. Presents
Time is one of the best presents you can ever give. It may sound like a cliche, but it’s true. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on toys that they will only play with for two weeks (or that you will end up ‘fixing’ over and over again!), consider experiences instead of physical gifts.
A few ideas include – a special frozen yogurt date and a manicure, a yearly pass to the local zoo, children’s museum, or aquarium, or a show like Monster Trucks or Disney on Ice. These experiences create memories and can be easier on the pocket book (depending on your normal budget and the experience you choose, of course).
As an added bonus, experience gifts don’t add more clutter to your house. Win-win.
10. Hustle It Out
I know free time is limited, but there are plenty of ways to make money right from home. Write, do digital marketing, be a social media manager, all with just the flex of your fingers. This site provides limitless home based opportunities if you’re open to it; and tech-based companies such as IBM, Dell and Teletech also offers remote jobs. Another good resource for work at home jobs (and saving money!) is The Penny Hoarder.
Saving money can be hard, but it is possible! Do you have other money saving tips to share? Leave us a comment below!
Editor’s Note: SCM has no affiliation with any of the resources mentioned here, and we won’t earn a dime if you try them. We honestly just like them!
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