Many parents put a great deal of work into being frugal so they can afford to pay the bills, to be able to afford extras for their children and to have some savings in case of emergencies. Being frugal doesn’t have to mean sacrificing, instead it means learning different ways to save money.
Parents can save money while feeding your families. Besides using coupons and buying sale items, you can buy generic instead of brand names – canned food, frozen items, and staples such as flour, spices, butter, etc. Make use of leftovers to cook a new meal. Dine out, even for fast food rarely and when you do, look for coupon codes and specials. If you are going to use it, buy bulk food items. It’s helpful to stock up on non-perishable food when you buy in bulk or find a good sale. Instead of buying snack sizes, use plastic bags or containers to divide up food into smaller servings to use on road trips, to pack with lunches, or to carry to activities.
Research and compare prices for things like insurance, cable TV, phone service, etc. Simple things such as shutting off the faucet when you brush your teeth to save water, turning off lights when you leave a room, keeping your thermostat at a specific temperature can make a big difference in the amount of money you have to pay for monthly household bills. When you need to buy something for your house, using the internet to compare costs. Sometimes shopping online is less expensive than shopping in a store, especially when you find Sears promo codes, for example. Learn how to do it yourself (DIY) to fix items in your home and make renovations.
If you own or lease a vehicle, keep it in tip top shape to save money on costly repairs. Auto insurance can be expensive so compare prices and add a larger deductible. Carpool to get the children to school, or to go to work. Walk or ride a bicycle instead of driving to save on gas. Get a loan modification if interest rates go down.
You can find websites and books that provide tips on being a frugal parent. Read them and take the advice. You’ll be happy when you have more money in your wallet.
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