We all know how costly having children can be. I thought it might be quite useful to put a few of my money saving/stretching tips together and it would be great if you could share yours!
- Sell your baby’s old toys and clothes. This is something I am recently catching up on since our move, so it is proving quite lucrative. As soon as they dump a toy or grow out of a top, get it listed on your local baby selling Facebook group. Then you can use the money for the next size clothes. Simples.
- Do your food shop online. Walking around the supermarket is a big mistake, you pile far more in the trolley, stuff you really don’t need. When shopping online you can stick to your weekly/monthly budget and add/remove items as you go along. You can also find free delivery deals, or certain amounts of your first shop. Ocado send vouchers via email every now and then.
- Plan your meals and batch cook. This ties in with the shopping, plan your meals and write your list, stick to it. Buy bigger size packs that work out cheaper and then batch cook meals for you and the kids – total time saver an on those days you are left with zero energy, you can all still eat well.
- Shop around. Shop around for EVERYTHING, if you see a toy on the ELC website but it is slightly too much, Google it and see where has it cheaper! Energy suppliers are the worst for charging more than they need to, I used https://www.uswitch.com/ last week and worked out switching was going to save me over £300 a year, that is a pretty big saving and it was also far quicker to switch than I thought.
- Grow your own. I decided to grow some of my own fruit and vege this year as I like the thought of fresh and chemical free food for my daughter, so rather than pay for organic this can be a nice alternative and a fun activity to do with your children.
- Declutter. It will shock you what high value items you might have that you never use, sell them and put the money in a holiday pot.
- Points points points! Be points clever to your lifestyle. When I found out I was pregnant I joined the Boots Parenting Club to earn more points and found that buying the nursery furniture or baby monitors etc gave me a lot of points, points I can now use for nappies and other baby essentials. Another good one is Tesco points, collect them on your shops and petrol and get relevant vouchers back or change your points into Virgin Atlantic Miles! Whatever you buy, check if you could be earning points.
One thing to remember when you are trying to save money or spend less thought is…
You buy cheap, you buy twice.
Make sure you comment with your money saving tips!