money is something I LOVE to learn and talk about. So here are my top seven
favorite ways to save money as a mom.
1. Swap childcare - I had heard about other couples doing this but the trick is
to find other friends that have the same amount of kids and are like-minded
when it comes to your plan. This is a great way to go on a monthly date and
to give your kids some social time with other kids. Marianne really enjoys
spending time with other kiddos and I get a lot more done around the house,
2. Coupons – Hear me out here. I used to be an avid couponer but not
anymore. However, my aunt gives me her coupons each month from the
local newspaper and I save them up for Harris Teeter’s double coupon event.
I find out about super doubles on SouthernSavers.com and use her lists to
get things like toilet paper, toothpaste and diapers for really cheap. These
are actually things that I need and by couponing in this manner, I save lots of
money on things I need and avoid buying things I don’t need.
3. Borrow, borrow, borrow! – I think we’ve bought Marianne less than five
toys since her birth. I can’t stand clutter, either, so I borrowed a swing,
exersaucer, playmat and play table. I’m so thankful for friends that share!
4. Gifts for Your Kids – For Christmas we bought Marianne a pass to Tweetsie
and pooled her Christmas and birthday money from grandparents to buy a
pass to the Children’s Playhouse. This saves us money and gives us activities
to do all year long, not to mention a lack of that yucky clutter.
5. Homemade or Homegrown – From picking blueberries for $5/gallon in
the summer and freezing them for later use, to making my own laundry
detergent, I have some random homemade solutions to saving money around
the home. Did you know you can shave your legs with hair conditioner? I
always have way more conditioner than shampoo. But really, what mom has
time to shave her legs on a regular basis? Just kidding!
6. Use Cash – When the cash is gone, stop spending. It only takes a couple of
months to get used to this idea and to be more careful with your spending.
This means I have to say “no” to lunch dates or play activities if I have other
things on my schedule that require money. And you know what? Most
moms understand because they’re on a budget, too.
7. Do Without – We don’t have cable or a TV. Maybe one day we’ll have a TV
but we have other priorities right now and we can watch the shows we like
on the Internet for a cheaper price.
So there you have it! A crash course into my favorite ways to save money for our
family. I would love to hear how your family saves money, too!