- Posted by Amy
- On June 20, 2017
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Today I’m sharing 5 money saving tips for families.
There are a few times in your life when the money situation can drastically change even if your income remains the same. Two of these landmark life moments happened within 6 months of each other for us. We had our son and the 6 months later we bought our first house.
Both buying houses and bringing up children eat up money. I wanted to be able to stay at home to look after our son, so I have become quite skilled at finding ways to save money.
Here are 5 money saving tips for families:
Cash Back Sites:
We gutted our house from top to bottom before we moved in to it, so as a result we made lots of big purchases. We also had to choose our gas, electricity and other utility suppliers. I didn’t let cash back sites influence my decision but I always looked on them before making a purchase and purchased via the site if there was a deal listed.
I’ve earned over £400 through cash back sites and all of that is through regular household purchase decisions that I had to make anyway.
You can see my post with more detail on Cashback sites here.
Buy second hand
We have a great local community and twice a year there is a kids nearly new sale that is held at our local village hall. I have got so many toys at this for around 50p and then seen them still available in the shop for around £20 – that is quite a saving.
I had gone to one of these sales specifically looking for a child carrier to use for hiking. Generally they cost around £150 brand new. There were none for sale on the day that we went so we had a look on Gumtree and picked one up that had only been used twice for £40. As well as Gumtree, look on sites like Craigslist but Gumtree is bigger in the UK.
If you need childcare but don’t have enough money to pay for it then try a childcare swap. I haven’t done this formally but I guess I do it on an informal basis.
The local mums in my area would just see this as helping out a fellow mum. If one of us has an appointment, another mum will offer to look after their child and vice versa.
This can become a more formal arrangement if both mums work and the working hours allow for it. Both mums (or dads) can provide childcare for each other at no cost. It can provide a great saving for both parties involved.
Planning meals can save a fortune, it’s something I have done for years. If you know what food you need for that week, then you go into the supermarket with a plan. You just need to stick to the plan when you are in the grocery store. It’s too easy to be tempted by items that are not on your list!
This is a great tool to entertain children. Most of the activities listed in my boredom jar printable cost little or no money. When your child is bored – send them to the jar to draw out an activity at random.
You can access my boredom jar printable here
If you have any requests for printables that would make life easier for you, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.