Today’s post is a great post by the lovely +Kate Fever who blogs over at Family Fever. Kate is a WAHM with 3 adorable children – Gemma, Jacob and Max. Kate is an editorial writer for Mumii and helps to run their social media pages.
I’m not sure where she finds the time yet she has managed to find even more of it to write this post for us today.
used to think nothing of splashing £20 on a takeaway, or spending a
whole weekend wandering around the shops buying whatever took our
came along, this all seems rather wasteful – and with me now not
earning a full time wage, it’s just not practical. We have made a
few small adjustments to our daily lives to save a few pennies here
and there and make everything a little bit more comfortable money
Meal plan. This is my biggie, and
the one which I think has probably saved us the most money.
Previously, we would just head for the shop, and pick up whatever we
saw, whatever took our fancy. Now we have a strict 2 week meal plan
stuck to the fridge. Not only does this mean that I always know what
ingredients I need to buy, it also stops the impulse buys – I am
much more focused with my list, and only buy what we need. On
another note, it also lets the kids know exactly what is for dinner
that night – which means less moaning.
Shop at a lower priced
supermarket. I was a bit of a food snob previously, and if anyone
had suggested I shop in Lidl or Aldi I would have turned my nose up.
But now I have ventured through the doors of cut price supermarkets,
I wouldn’t go back. The food is EXACTLY the same quality (and in
some cases, I actually think it is better) but miles cheaper. We
save a good few pounds every week. We have also discovered that Lidl
nappies are just as good as Pampers, but less than half the price.
Charity shop bargains. Kids grow
out of clothes and toys at a rate of knots, and sometimes I just
can’t bring myself to spend a small fortune on more t-shirts,
trousers and stacking cups. So we often head to charity shops for
this sort of thing – you find some really lovely stuff for
fantastic prices. Little kids don’t care where their clothes have
come from – make the most of it!
If you can – walk. Fuel costs an
absolute fortune. We walk to school every day, and when he can my
husband will cycle to work. Sometimes, it’s not practical – for
example when he is based at another office for the day, but when he
can it is a great way to save a bit of money. We try not to use the
car for non-essential journeys at all. If we need to pop to town for
milk and bread, we walk with Max in the pushchair and the older
children on their scooters. Plus, we all get some fresh air and feel
better for it too!
Become and eBay junkie. I love
eBay. I do buy things on there, and have got a few bargains that way
– but I mainly sell. My husband jokes that anything that isn’t
nailed down will end up on eBay, and he’s not far off the mark.
It’s a great way to get some money back from things you no longer
need, and the funds you make can be put towards the next stage
clothes, toys or books for your little ones. It’s a win-win