It can cost a fortune to have kids. And the more you have, the more money you need to spend on clothing, shoes, food, doctor’s bills, etc. There are many ways to cut corners when it comes to taking care of your family. Here are five great ideas to help you save some cash!
- Thrift Stores
While we’d all love to deck our kids out in designer duds, doing so is just plain foolish. For one, kids grow fast. That fabulous dress that little Suzie wore last month, probably looks more like a shirt on her now. And kids can be messy, in case you didn’t know! No reason to spend a lot of money on shoes that will become mud-covered in short order. Thrift stores are an excellent place from which to purchase kids’ clothes. Jeans especially, which usually end up with holes in the knees, are the perfect item to purchase at these types of establishments. For the same amount of money that one pair of new jeans costs, you could have six pairs from the thrift store. Totally worth it!
- Save on Jammies
Speaking of stained and damaged clothes, they’re perfect repurposed as pajamas. No need to waste money on PJs when you have an entire pile of imperfect clothes sitting in your laundry room. If little Johnny spills some grape juice on his favorite tee shirt, wash it and let him wear it at night to sleep in. You can save a small fortune by doing this. You could always have a pair or two of pajamas on hand for each kid to wear for sleepovers.
- Buy in Bulk
Warehouse stores are excellent places to buy food, and other items, in bulk. It’s worth the initial membership fee to save big in the long run. School snacks are a great thing to buy at these types of stores, because you can get huge boxes with twenty, thirty, forty, or more individually-wrapped items. Often too, coupon books are available at the entryways, by mail, or online. Win-win!
- Make Your Own Toiletries
Purchase a large tub of coconut oil, along with a few other common household ingredients, and make lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, and other toiletries for your family. There are countless recipes for these cheap and non-toxic concoctions available online. Not only will you save a ton of cash by doing this, but you’ll also know exactly what your putting in, and on, your family members’ bodies.
- Cut Your Kids’ Hair
This is easier than you think. Luckily, girls wear their hair long and straight these days with few, if any, layers. You can save a lot of money by attempting to trim their hair yourself. Watch a few You Tube tutorials if you’re unsure of your skills, and then have at it. Purchase clippers to cut boy’s hair. If you make a mistake, it will grow back!
Having kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you use a little planning and ingenuity to save a few bucks. These tips can help you be a thrifty mom!