Created on: February 10, 2013 Last Updated: February 14, 2013
Spending a lot of time in the home can incur bigger bills, as more power is used. Additionally, more supplies can be used, and it can seem like money isn't stretching far enough. Factor in raising children which are an ever increasing cost, and it can become quite stressful. However, you can actually greatly cut back on costs and save money while staying home with the kids. With a little know-how and practice you can save and enjoy family life more in the process.
How can you save money at home with the kids?
A few changes can easily be made in daily life which can make a big difference. Take a look around and see what changes can be made to reduce costs. The little things like turning off devices when not in use and turning off at the power point can make a significant saving. This is especially true in homes where many appliances are in high use. Additionally, try to get the family to be together in one main room for the majority of the day, as this means that fewer appliances are needed to be used. Instead of having lights, heating and other items plugged in and turned on in every room, join together in one room and use fewer resources.
A big money burner is on food. The amount of food a family can get through in a week can be costly, not forgetting the food that gets tossed out. To reduce expenses here plan and budget which will not only save you money, but it will improve eating habits. Get the family to sit together and plan the meals for the upcoming week. From here you can create a grocery list and shop according to the items needed. This prevents extra impulse purchases and keeps you on track. Instead of just filling the cart, you actually know what is needed which is a great way to reduce the grocery bill.
There is no need to buy high end brand products, as generic brands are just as good without the fancy packaging. Always look to see that you are getting the best deals. Avoid buying processed foods and instead buy ingredients that can be used over several recipes for the week’s meals. The children will come to love homemade meals and snacks so they will be less likely to plead for unhealthy snacks whilst grocery shopping. Plus the thrill of helping prepare meals and snacks is also encouraging for the children. As far as cleaning products are concerned, go back to traditional methods of cleaning.
Cook from scratch
When preparing meals, you can always make double portions to freeze
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