Parenthood is expensive. To raise a kid with all the opportunities that they deserve, the costs can be astronomical. It’s no wonder that parents struggle to make ends meet, even with government help. Every parent, no matter how well off, needs to be smarter with their money. Every penny saved can go towards their future (and yours), which is why you should spare your pennies with these top five great budget tips:
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is a great way to enjoy wholesale prices amongst all your friends. You can work out what you all need at the next parent committee meeting, for example, and help everyone get what they need from wholesalers like DHgate. Minimum orders aren’t massive, either, meaning you can buy a bulk of ten for other parents and save all around. Combine the wholesale prices with a DHgate coupon and bring that price down further so that all parents in your community can have the essential items for their families for less.
Become a Coupon Wizard
Coupons and discount codes are your secret weapon and can be used in so many more places than just a wholesaler. Try it with everything. If it’s a big enough company, then the chances that there are secret discounts out there and easy to find online are quite high. All you need is to look before checkout.
Always price compare as well. The discount code might make a “cheaper” option more expensive, or it might bring down the price down to the average. There are browser extensions that make it easy to find if there is a cheaper version for the same product. Use this, then check to see if there is a discount code to enjoy the most affordable version of the product you need.
Prep Food with the Family
Food waste is costly, so one of the best ways you can bond with your family and save money is by prepping food. You can prep ingredients (for example, a super yummy spaghetti sauce) or entire meals. Working together as a family, you can save a lot of time while bonding and teaching your kids key essential life skills.
Set a schedule for when you eat the food you’ve prepped or learn some preserving methods like jarring or canning to make your efforts last and not end up in the garbage.
DIY Toys and Activities
Kids are imaginative, and they don’t need the latest gadget to have fun no matter what they tell you. Find easy activities to do online. This could be by making their own toys, or just by creating new games to show their friends. It’s good to get kids off of electronics and using their imaginations and playing with other kids. While they’re having fun, you can breathe a sigh of relief that they’re not trying to guilt-trip you into buying yet another expensive game or console.
Get Outdoors More
As a family, the best budget-friendly way to spend time together and stay healthy is to get outside more. Go on walks, go swimming, or even bike rides. Check to see if there are membership deals to help you enjoy these activities and save or take advantage of any parks or paths near your home for an easy zero-cost day out.