If your family is currently on a tight budget, saving money is the only option to stay afloat. It may be hard to convince every family member to budget, but there are ways to make it easier on them and more fun in the process.
7 Tips for Saving Money at Home and Making & It Fun
- Whoever Saves The Most
Giving kids an allowance for chores completed teaches them to understand the value of money. Make it a competition at the end of every week to see who saves the most amount of money. You can award a prize to the child who saves the most.
- Avoid Impulse Buys
Children tend to see something and beg for it right away. When shopping, you can leave your kids at home. You may also deal with buying things at random you may not need at the moment. Instead, take your family out once or twice a month for each to buy just one or two items they really want that is below $20, or any amount which you may choose. Give them incentive by working to earn money for their own toys.
- Avoid Eating In Restaurants
- Go Basic
Making small changes can make big differences. Cancel your monthly television subscription, and invest instead on a Netflix or Hulu account. You can also use an antenna for basic cable. Use video sites like YouTube to watch episodes and recaps of shows. Anything that involves downsizing can save you big bucks.
- Go For Affordable Options
If you need a new roof to be installed, go for an affordable company who is still professional like T. Simpson roofing. If you want to buy a new toaster, buy the cheaper one that still offers good value. Go with the option that will be easiest to afford.
- Electrical And Water Bills
Remind kids to turn off lights when they aren’t needed, and let them know that letting water waste in the shower is to be avoided. Saving energy in the home can end up saving you quite a bundle.
Coupons can save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars when you have a ton of them per shopping trip. Use them at any chance you get. You can also get your children involved to help cut them out for you. You can find coupons at the grocery store you visit, inside of newspapers, and all over the Internet. You might be surprised by the amount of things that can now be bought with a coupon from groceries to Uxbridge roofing.
Saving money at home requires a lot of work. You need to be prepared for some setbacks in terms of doing certain things you may want to do, but if you make it fun, money saving can be less of a chore and more of a lifestyle.
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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