Small and large changes can add up to significant savings. These are some ways to save costs that families may use during these hard economic times and beyond:
First, if you use credit cards, consider switching to one that rewards you in some way (such as cash, travel points, gas, or a physical object).
You should consider cutting your child’s hair yourself; there are many of helpful “how to” books available at most libraries. This method of conserving cash is not only effective, but also easy to use whenever it suits you.
Third, if we’re talking about libraries, purchasing children’s books may quickly become an expensive hobby. When you notice a book your child might enjoy for only $5.99, you can’t help but buy it. Your child will probably only read it twice before losing interest. The solution is to sign up for a library card and make frequent trips to your neighbourhood repository of knowledge. Children of all ages will enjoy Story Time and other programmes offered at many libraries.
DIY hair dyeing and highlighting may save you a tonne of money. If you colour your hair six times a year and have highlights four times a year, you may save $300 and $400, respectively. As soon as you get the hang of it, it’s quite simple. At any cosmetics shop, you’ll find pre-packaged kits with detailed directions.
Whenever you embark on a family trip, make sure to include some food and drinks for the kids (unless you go to a place that specifically prohibits outside food and beverages). Fill up a water bottle at the fountain and take it with you. You’ll be able to avoid wasting both time and money waiting in long lines, where you’re more likely to give in to impulse buys of unhealthy snacks and sugary beverages.
Sixth, make your own baked goods like muffins, brownies, and cakes (using a prepackaged mix) — as a single parent with a full-time job, I have to constantly evaluate the benefits of saving money vs the benefits of saving time. I don’t see the point in saving money if it requires me to spend hours in the kitchen labouring over a complicated dessert. In contrast, I’d give it a thumbs up if I could buy a prepackaged mix and have a dozen cup cakes ready in minutes while saving money. Let the youngsters help with the mixing, and you’ve got yourself yet another entertaining project.
Seven, stock up on generic versions of everything you can: medicines, OTC remedies, household goods, food, printer ink, and so on.
No child worth their salt would ever say “no” to helping their parents clean the automobile.
Make lovely small sandwiches out of turkey and cheese and peanut butter and jelly for your kid’s birthday celebration instead of spending $60 on three extra-large Pepperoni Pizzas. They’ll be universally adored.
Ten. Instead of paying for a gym membership, take your children on bike rides.
11 I’m not a fan of the cotton napkins that save money yet are favoured by some. The time, money, and effort required to wash, dry, fold, and put them away would still be necessary. The convenience of paper towels makes it difficult for me to argue in favour of using them instead of cloth napkins, but if you prefer that setup, by all means!
Similarly, some moms enjoy creating their own play doh and appreciate the cost savings, but I find it to be excessively time-consuming and not worth it. Again, though, if you find the concept appealing, by all means, implement it!
Thirteen, only use the washing machine and dishwasher when they are completely full. Just another timeless classic.
14. If you’re paying for a high-end cable subscription but not using it, downgrade to the basic bundle and obtain Netflix.
For no cost at all, you can select and print eCards online for every holiday or special event. Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, and other celebrations are all occasions where youngsters might benefit from having homemade cards to give out. The cost of a Hallmark card is ridiculous.