Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, being a mom is both an exciting and worrying ordeal. As much as you may want to buy the very best top-of-the line items for your new baby, you may be stressed out trying to figure out how you’re going to handle things like household bills, food, and other necessities so that you can provide yourself and your baby with the life he or she deserves. But having a family doesn’t necessarily mean that your bank account has to suffer. With a couple of useful money saving tips and tricks, you can keep your focus on your family without trying to figure out how you’re going to make ends meet.
For the Children
Children can be expensive. Their bodies grow at rates so quickly that you may feel like they’re only wearing an outfit or a pair of shoes once or twice before they’ve grown out of them. When you’re not worrying about if their clothes still fit, you’re trying to figure out how to keep them entertained. You can spend hundreds of dollars a year on entertainment for children, if you’re not careful. However, doing things like renting books and DVDs from the library instead of buying them greatly helps cut back your expenses. You can also take it upon yourself to look up various DIY websites to learn how to make your own toys and stuffed animals for them rather than buying them.
When it comes to babies, you can search for things like cloth diapers online and save yourself some cash and time by having them delivered to your doorstep. Home delivery services that cater to mom’s and their babies are a fantastic way to get the things you need without having to spend money on gas or risking buying items in the store that may be overpriced.
For the Home
Even though you may not have a cape, you’re expected to be supermom. Many times you go from cleaning the house, to cooking dinner, to helping with homework and everything in between. Sometimes, you may not realize how much you’re doing or spending on things like cleaning products and food until you sit down to start balancing your checkbook. However, there are a few simple ways to help you save money that require very little effort.
One thing you can do when it comes to cleaning is cut cleaning sponges in half. Many times companies sell sponges large enough that they can be made into two or even three smaller sponges. You can also try buying in bulk. While it may seem pricier than what you’d typically buy, it actually allows you to save money and time, as you will make fewer trips to the supermarket. But make sure that you’re only buying in bulk those things that you use or eat often. Also, don’t hesitate to buy generic foods, especially if you can’t tell the difference in taste.
There’s nothing wrong with saving money and cutting back on some things if it means giving you and your family more enjoyable time with each other. Use these tips and tricks to save up for something that you and your family can do together or for a special spa day just for supermom.