Tips for Frugal Family Living

It may be difficult for families with young children to save money and cut costs, especially when it feels like there’s always something you need to open your wallet – activities, social events, school fundraising, and clothing that keeps getting bigger. But you really can cut costs and save more by making small changes every day. Whether you are flooded with bills, save for family trips, or just want to cut your expenses in general, some of these tips can help you save more money in your pocket.

DIY cleaning products can save a lot of money. Daily items such as homemade dishwashing tabs can be found on Pinterest along with household hacking to help you save inventory and repair services. Little things like keeping your dishwasher filter clean and sanitizing the garburator and drainage regularly to avoid blockages can minimize visits from repair companies.
Prepare double meals for several meals using seasonal products and sales items. Frozen ground turkey is found for sale and used later to make large amounts of chili turkey with seasonal sweet potatoes and canned red beans. Throw extra portions into the freezer for last minute food.

Disposable ditch. Diapers, paper towels, napkins, used containers, paper plates, and other disposables should be replaced with reusable items – linen napkins, cloth diapers and glass containers all work well and last a long time. Most often, they can even be reused for something else when they pass their prime for their initial purpose.
Say no to children’s requests. Before you go to the grocery store with your children, explain your goals and let them know what you will and won’t buy that day. You can also consider letting them choose one item per visit, so that nonessential items don’t get out of hand! Learn how to say “no” to your child.

Reduce spending on personal care products. Search Google or Pinterest for recipes and mix with your own toiletries and beauty using very basic and natural ingredients. They can also do multiple tasks as gifts for friends and family.

Plan your purchase by season because discounts for many items are offered at the same time each year. Buy new roller skates and skis in the spring when shops sell supplies last year, take Halloween costumes right after the holidays, and buy new barbecues during mid-summer sales.

Find fun and free events in your community. Instead of paying to go to the movies or play indoors, take your kids to skating outdoors, to workshops in libraries, or free concerts at the local cultural center. Pack your own snacks and hot chocolate flasks instead of giving your money to a local coffee shop.

Don’t stop here. Look at your daily shopping habits to see where you can bite and save more. You will be surprised by some of the things you do, that you don’t even think twice. Something is as easy as making your own coffee at home, or getting a book from a library instead of a bookstore. Who knows? Maybe you can do that spring trip!

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