It seems that every day the cost of living rises. When you have to raise a family, this can be difficult because wages never seem to rise along with the costs. All is not lost, however. You can reduce the amount your family spends and still not feel deprived.
If you are facing any financial emergency, try a few of the following tactics to decrease your monthly spending.
Shop with a List
Never leave home without a list of things you plan to buy. Purchase only what is on your list. Before leaving home, check out the weekly sales circulars and plan accordingly. This is especially important where groceries are concerned.
Plan Meals in Advance
Buying for only a day or two at a time can be more expensive. By planning what you want to feed the family for the upcoming week, you can work within the guidelines of what is on sale at your local stores. You also have the advantage of having all ingredients on hand and avoid the need to stop by the expensive convenience store for an item you may have forgotten.
Make Kids Choose
Rather than letting your kids join every club and team available, put a limit on the number of activities they participate in. Let your child pick one or two activities that appeal to them and save the rest for the future.
Eat at Home
Rather than eating out once a week or more, limit eating out to special occasions. This will not only save money, but will make the experience even more special. Even opting for a sit-down restaurant when you go out will save money over repeated trips at fast-food restaurants.
Consider a Staycation
More people are opting out of long vacations in favor of staying at home and simply relaxing and enjoying activities around town. This will save hotel costs and the cost of eating at restaurants for a week or two.
Many items can be purchased used and still can be of high quality. Kids’ clothes and large appliances are often next-to-new in quality. Make finding used items a treasure hunt for everyone to enjoy.