Even if you have a well thought out budget in place, there are always new ways that even a frugal family can save more money. Read on for some suggestions and tips for keeping more of your hard earned money in your pocket.
New Ways Your Family Can Save More Money This Year
- Get Acquainted With Your Local Library
Libraries are fantastic and free resource houses. Throughout the year, they not only offer the service of borrowing books and movies free of charge, but they often also host a wonderful variety of events for patrons to enjoy. Save more money that is currently earmarked for entertainment by merely utilizing the offerings of your library. Who knows? You might even make a new friend in your neighborhood.
While volunteering isn’t going to increase our earnings, it may increase your contentment and make you aware of how good your life really is. Not only that, but time spent volunteering can’t be spent spending
- Explore State Parks
Nature awaits in state parks across the country. Getting out into the great outdoors is a great way to get some exercise, ditch stress, and make fun memories with your family. It is also free! Some state parks also offer low cost camping, swimming, and boating options. For your next vacation save a bundle by finding deals at these great parks.
- Look Into Memberships
Many venues have memberships that pay for themselves within as little as two or three visits. If there is a certain place that you like to frequent, look into membership options. Some museum and zoo memberships even have reciprocity with similar venues within the state and even the nation.
- Evaluate Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Is your home drafty? If so, you are losing valuable energy efficiency, and it could be drifting out through your doors or windows. New doors and windows not only eliminate drafts, but they also really freshen the look of a home at a low cost. Have a RetroTeck Windows Mfg. Ltd. specialist come to fit your windows or Vancouver sliding glass doors perfectly so no air escapes. To cut costs on your monthly power bills, also encourage family members to turn off lights when they exit a room.
- Find Ways to Lower Food Bills
Eat at home as much as possible. Pack lunches for work, and consider joining a community supported agricultural program. Involve the entire family in the meal planning and preparation process. This practice gives children knowledge, confidence, and satisfaction, all well preparing them with basic life skills.
There are countless ways to save more money. Hold a family meeting and come up with additional ways to save. Thrifty families can still have a lot of fun, and feel the freedom from financial oppression!
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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