Being a parent is probably one of the most expensive things you’ll ever do. As kids grow, so do their needs. However, being a mom doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire to give your kids the things they need in life.
Here are 4 ways to make raising a family cheaper
Shop Second Hand
With your first child, you may think your child needs the best of everything, causing you to overpay for pricey designer furniture and clothing. Yet, as time goes on, you’ll realize that you don’t always need the most expensive item to be able to satisfy your needs. Shop second hand stores or online local garage sale websites to find items that are in ‘like new’ condition. Usually, everything from beds, to clothing, to baby gadgets can be found locally, and for a fraction of the price you would have spent in a fancy baby store. Buying second hand can be hit or miss, so check regularly if there’s something you’re needing.
Potty Train Early
Diapers and wipes add up at an insanely fast rate. Do your bank account a favor and potty train early. While it may seem inconvenient, it could add up to hundreds of dollars in savings over time.
Get Cozy in the Kitchen
If you have kids, you’ll quickly realize that eating out and buying prepackaged foods cost more than making them yourself. If you have a growing family (or at least a growing food bill), consider spending more time in the kitchen. Eat more dinners at home, bake cookies and snacks instead of buying them, or try your hand at some online recipes. It’ll be healthier for your family because you’ll know what you’re putting in your food, and it’ll also help save you some money in the long run.
Be Smart with Your Money
We’re fortunate to live in the age of smart phones. Before you make a large purchase, check online for the same item to make sure you’re getting the best deal. It’s also a good idea to google an in-store coupon for whatever store you’re shopping in, as a lot of stores will have a 10% or 20% off coupon floating around online. You can also sign up for a couponing website, like Joinesty, which can help find deals and promo codes for you. Instead of paying full price for something, be smart with your money and make every dollar count.
Being a parent doesn’t require an endless supply of money, just an endless supply of love (and patience!). Whatever size budget you have to work with, make raising a family cheaper as far by shopping second hand, preparing food yourself, and maximizing every dollar.
This is a guest post written by Hannah Whittenly. Hannah is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.