Any family’s expenses can add up until you feel you can’t control your budget. The thing is, many of your expenses aren’t out of your control. You might not be able to set the cost of electricity, but you can choose how much you use. The cost of petrol is out of your control, but you can decide how much to use your car. A lot of people say that having kids is expensive, and they do cost a lot over a lifetime. However, there are plenty of ways to save when you have kids, from cutting back on food costs to saving on clothing. Have a go at my top saving tips.
Save on Energy
There are always news stories about people’s energy bills climbing. We can’t do anything about the rates that the energy companies set. However, we can decide to cut back on our usage as much as possible. It’s often easiest to start with saving electricity. It’s all about getting into good habits to make sure you use less. For example, turn off the lights in a room when you’re not using it. Don’t leave appliances on standby or run your washing machine when it’s not full. You can save on gas and other forms of heating too. Don’t be so quick to turn the heating on when you could wear another layer instead.
Ditch the Sky TV
Many of us have convinced ourselves we need lots of TV channels to be entertained. But how many times have you flicked through hundreds of channels, only to determine that there’s still nothing on? Of the most-watched programmes on TV, most of them are broadcast on terrestrial channels, such as ITV and BBC channels. All you need to watch these is a TV license, which you still have to pay if you have Sky or another service. Pay attention to how much you really use those extra channels. If you ditch the satellite and go for a TV antenna installation, you could get just as much pleasure from the Freeview channels alone.
Buy Second Hand
Kids grow up so fast. People often say that to mean that their kids are maturing, but they’re also getting bigger too. They can grow out of clothes before you can blink, and ruin them pretty quickly too. If you’re smart enough not to buy designer clothes, you’re already doing well. However, if you want to save even more, you could check out secondhand clothing. You can look in charity shops, ask friends, or swap and buy from people in your community. Facebook groups can be excellent for finding bargains. Lots of people will sell or give away a bundle of clothes for a particular age, which could save you a lot of money. If your kids are only going to wear them for five minutes, they don’t need to be new. And you might be able to pass them to someone else when you’re finished with them.
You can find lots of ways to save at home and stick to a smaller budget. Stop spending unnecessary money and you can save it for better things.