No matter how much money your family is making at certain points in life, mastering the art of saving a dollar (or two) and building a strong financial plan has always been something that everyone had always relied on when building their fortune. In fact, there has never been a family that’s considered ‘’rich’’ that didn’t know how to manage their family account wisely (excluding rare lottery cases or inheriting a fortune from wealthy grandmother or uncle of course).
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Living frugal life while at the same time providing enough for your family requires a certain amount of skill and organization above all. Organizing every aspect of your life and keeping your hands on your budget (not letting it stray away much too often) is something that one can learn during the life.
Even if you think that you already know enough about this subject, there always might be some little things you are overseeing. So, let’s get down that road once again, shall we? In this article, we’ll give you some of the neatest tricks you can resort to as a proud mommy and a wife in order to save some money for your family.
Keeping track of your money is relatively easy if we are talking about big expenditures like buying house appliances or a new car for example. Also, paying for your children’s scholarship is a significant expense to your budget so you’ll most probably stay alarmed and on your toes when it’s that time of the year.
However, most of the people don’t usually pay attention to small everyday expenses. They might seem irrelevant at first sight but they add up to your monthly expenses to a great amount.
Have you ever kept note of all the spending on food, electricity or water? Having a dog in your family or any other bigger pet means even more expenses on a monthly level. You might want to resort to simple life hacks here like learning how to manage your leftovers.
Preparing food that will last for more than one meal or day is something that can save you from buying fast food or ordering food which can hurt your budget to a great extent. Also, don’t forget that everything you don’t get to eat, your dog probably will.
Knowing your expenses ahead may save a lot of nerves and money for you. Getting prepared for New Year’s Eve shopping in time or knowing how and where to shop for all the things your kids will need when the new school year is starting is a lifesaver.
If you know how to organize, it will be more likely for you to find the way to afford the things that are naturally outside your budget.
At last, garage sales and thrift shops are your friends! Especially if you have little and fast-growing kids, shopping for brand new clothes or toys may prove to be devastating to your family budget. You don’t want to end up living in debt just because you think that your kid needs a new toy every other week.
Keeping that in mind, paying a visit to the local garage sale should be one of your to-do’s if you plan on saving a buck or two and still getting some nice stuff for your kids and, why not, for yourself.
And while we at it, keep in mind that you can also organize your own garage sale. Which brings us to the next one..
Did you go to the attic lately or did you looked through your old stuff thrown away in the basement? I bet that you have lots of stuff you don’t need that can come in handy for someone else.
Often people don’t realize the potential of selling your old stuff. Not to mention that it can save you a lot of living space (kicking out lots of useless junk that’s circling around the house) but you can make a buck of it also!
There are numerous ways of selling stuff with one being garage sale which we mentioned above. Of course, you can always resort to selling online if you are a regular user of the Internet and you know where to find the interested parties for your old stuff.
So get that junk cleaned out and get that money stacking.
Making your wardrobe yourself may not just save you money – it can reveal your hidden potentials you didn’t even know they exist! Also, these types of actions may require the presence of other family members and this may very well mean that you are about to spend some quality time together – as a family.
Many people think they are not handy enough to do stuff when they actually are. With all the tutorials and how-to’s available all throughout the Internet all you really need is to be determined and to have proper tools (and a little talent here and there).
With patience and persistence comes excellence but it will also mean that you will be saving lots of money you would otherwise give to someone else to fix your stuff or make something for you (from furniture to fixing pipes or even making meals).
There is a bonus to it that can’t be measured in terms of dollars – you might as well find making furniture your new perfect hobby. And there’s nothing like spending some quality time doing what you actually enjoy!