As your family continues to grow, so does the need to save money. But sometimes, As your family continues to grow, so does the need to save money.
But sometimes, finding ways to cut corners is easier said than done. And while eliminating one single expense probably isn’t enough to make a huge difference, there are things you can do to save money every month.
Become a Coupon Queen
If you thought clipping coupons was something only your grandma used to do, you’re in for a surprise. While the method of clipping has gone from paper to digital, you can still save a lot of money by clipping coupons.
Since the coupons you find in the Sunday paper usually align with most stores’ weekly circulars, it’s still a good idea to check out the paper for coupons. This, in combination with stocking up on sale items, can help you save hundreds of dollars each year.
Stock Up and Save
In addition to clipping coupons, another way to save money is to stock up when things are on sale. For instance, if your children love cereal, stock up when it’s on sale. The same holds true for household products like toilet paper, paper towels and dish soap. Even if you think you’ll never use it, you will.
Enjoy Home-Cooked Meals
Dining out can be fun, but it can also add up quickly. While finding time to cook a home-cooked meal every night can seem impossible, a little planning can go a long way. Prepping the ingredients on a Sunday cuts meal prep in half during the week. It will also deter you from ordering out when you feel too tired to cook.
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Make the Most of Family Time
Spending time together doesn’t need to cost an arm and leg. In fact, there are tons of things you and your family can do for free. For example, instead of going to the movies, which can cost almost $100 for a family of four, why not spend the afternoon hiking or having a picnic in the park? Or, if you really want to have a movie day, you can rent movies on Netflix, make popcorn and create your own mini movie theater at home.
There are a lot of ways you and your family can save money. The key is finding what works for you. While creating a budget is the best place to start, also allow enough wiggle room so you and your family can still enjoy the occasional splurge.