With the cost of living always on the rise, you’re probably already aware of how important it is to save money where possible. And, when you’ve got children, it’s especially important to make sure that you can provide them with everything that they need without risking your bank account. Luckily, there are lots of foolproof ways and corners that you could cut so that money worries are a thing of the past.
Save a little often
Whether you want to save money for a rainy day or you want to take the children on vacation, you might be finding it hard to see how you’re going to save any money at all. If you don’t have much spare money each week, then don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Rather than trying to find large amounts of money to put into your savings, consider putting small amounts of money away on more regular occasions. So, if you’ve got some spare change after going to the grocery store or you found some money in your laundry, put it into a pot. It might not seem like much, but it will soon mount up and you can bank it later.
Don’t be afraid to visit second hand shops
Lots of people dismiss the idea of going to second hand stores, but in reality, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. Not only can you buy clothing at a discounted price, but you can find all sorts of things from furniture to books all the way to vases. Don’t be afraid to visit them to buy the essentials you need! Rather than spending hundreds on a new wardrobe, you could save yourself a hefty amount of money to furnish your home and clothe your children. And, you might even find yourself some real bargains on the way!
Do your hair at home
Going to the salon can become expensive quickly, as you may already know. However, thanks to box dyes, hair clippers and DIY tutorials, you can now save a ton of money by doing everyone’s hair at home. There are lots of different types of fades and tapers that you could learn so that even the most trendy of husbands and children can still have stylish hair.
Save clothes for hand me downs
As your children grow, it can be easy to donate their old clothes to charity, but before you do ask yourself, are you going to have any more children? If the answer is yes, then saving those baby clothes might just save you a huge expense later down the line. Not only that, if you have family members that are having children, you can save the clothes for them too. You’ll find that if you help out others they will pay it back in some way.
Grow your own produce
If you’re like most, you’re noticing more than ever how expensive it is to do the grocery shopping, and a great way to save on the amount you spend is to grow your own produce. If you invest in a greenhouse you can control the temperature all year around and grow the produce you use the most. From potatoes to carrots, not only will you save yourself some money, but you’ll also be helping contribute to the environment.
Go through your outgoings
One of the best ways to save money and stay on top of your spending is by knowing exactly what’s in your bank and what should come out and when. Check your bank regularly and make notes of what days certain bills go out so that you always understand your bank balance. It’s also a good idea to go through your outgoings to see if there’s anything you’re paying for unnecessarily. You’ll be surprised at how many things you might have forgotten about!
Buy in bulk
This might sound counterproductive, but sometimes buying in bulk is actually more cost effective in the long run. Not only does it prevent multiple trips to the store for you, but once you find a brand you like of certain products, you could save hundreds each year. Think about the amount of money you spend on diapers right now. Now imagine being able to save a few hundred each year on the cost of diapers. Sometimes it’s worth shelling out a bit more to buy in bulk.
As you can see, there are numerous ways you can save money when it comes to raising your children. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a great place to start.