As a mom looking to stretch my money as far as it can go, I am constantly on the look out for the best ways to do so.
Here are few things that I have discovered along the way that has helped us out:
1. To stretch your clothes budget, visit consignment stores, yard sales, and clearance racks. I always try to look for clothes in advance of our kids' sizes. I normally end up with more than they need but if they stain something I am not heartbroken over it because I probably only paid $.50 to $1.00 for each article. My kids don't look like we buy our clothes used because I am picky about their clothes and buy mostly only name brand. For both kids, I have spent a total of $80 on their clothes!
2. Coupon, coupon, coupon! You probably know by now that I love coupons and really they can save a hundred to two hundred (possibly more) a month! We only pay $5.99 or less for a package of diapers and this isn't the off name brand - this is for Huggies and Pampers! Just this week, my sister picked up me up 3 pack of Huggies diapers for a total of $5.98! That $1.99 each!
3. Look into places where you can do cell phone trade in for cash. This can help you get a little bit of extra cash to put into other things.
4. If you can't afford a back-up hard drive, put your photos to cd. This will save your pictures if your computer should crash. I have lost my pictures enough times to have learned this one the hard way.
5. If don't have coupons, watch for sales. Stock up things when they are at their lowest price and shop around. Two stores down can have it cheaper. I like to do all my research online so that before I head into the store, I know that I'm getting a good deal.
However, whatever you do, determine what you can save on and what you really shouldn't. We have learned the hard way not to look for the cheapest things - vacuums, car seats, strollers, and cribs. We also did just buy an orthopedic pillow for me because of neck pain I had been experiencing and I was told it was due to the cheap pillow we had bought!
Those are just a few tips that have saved us money over the last year. There are so many more and things we are still putting into practice and learning. Do you have a great money saving tip? I'd love to hear it.
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