Being a parent is hard work, and being a mom to one (or more) can leave you running to make purchases based on convenience. There are ways to save money, and still cut time off your schedule. Here are five techniques that I have found useful.
1. Menu Planning
It is exhausting, time-consuming, and frustrating. That is, unless you use some of the many free online menus available. I have found that when I plan my menu on a Sunday, with the family, then I spend less time fighting with mealtime. I have also found that I am able to stick to a list when we go shopping because I am not guessing what I need for the week.
2. Brand Names are Not Vital
Regardless of what anyone says, it is not vital for you to buy name brand items. This includes food! Always Save, Best Choice, and store brands are just as good as Campbell’s, Prego, General Mills, and more. If you are like me, it is not always possible to take the time necessary to clip coupons. If you do, fantastic, do it and save more.
3. Make Sure Snacks are Available
You can purchase crackers and pretzels for extremely cheap. Keep them stocked in your car. You are less likely to stop at a gas station for a bite to eat if you have a package of crackers to hold you over until you get home. It also saves money on long car trips. Make sure you have a few bottles of water as well.
4. Shop at Thrift Stores
Just because they are not brand new does not mean they are trash. Many people donate items to Goodwill and Salvation Army because they simply do not want to take the time to sell them. If you watch, you will be able to find great deals.
5. Combine Trips
Finally, gas is one of our biggest income suckers. Review the schedule at the beginning of the week and see what errands can be combined with sporting events or school functions. Find somewhere nearby that you can relax while your child is at practice, saving you a trip back.
What are some of your tips to save money?