Tips to Save!
We know how busy you are and we also know how important saving is. Not only financially, but teaching our children to be saving with their little footprints on this earth. From conserving water to saving on meal planning, we’ve put together some quick tips to save and cut costs on your monthly budget.
Meal Plan – When we have specific meals and recipes in mind when doing our bi-weekly grocery shopping, we’re much more apt to stay on target of our budget. It never fails, if we go without a list and meals planned, we go over budget. Sit down with a calendar and map out your meals. It’s okay if you don’t have an exact meal for every day and don’t forget, some days you can do leftovers! Having a rough guide and a list to stick too will help you avoid those unnecessary impulsive buys.
Kids Eat Free – Don’t forget all the places that offer free lunches and dinners for your little ones. When we do a family outing a few times a month, we try to research beforehand to see what restaurants in our area have free meals for kids. It’s especially worth it for our three year old picky eater who can be hit or miss with eating her meals.
Coupons – Look for coupons for your favorite restaurants, foods, grocery stores, etc.! They are out there. From promo codes to huge discounts. Try a few of these next time you go out to eat or shopping.
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Conserve Water – I noticed our water bill kept creeping up and we became more aware of the amount of water we were wasting! When washing dishes, stop up the sink. Try not to let the water continue to run while you rinse your dishes. You can easily stop up both sides, one for washing and the other for rinsing. This will cut out the money literally running down the drain. Same goes with brushing your teeth and washing your face. Turn the faucet off and be mindful of the waste. We also wait until we have a full load of dirty laundry before running the washer.
Financial Insight and Planning with Mint.com – We love Mint. Once you plug-in your information you can pin point exactly where the bulk of your spending is going and be so mindful of your purchases. If you are a visual person like me, it helps you see the big picture! It’s a great way for you and your husband to be able to look at your finances together across all your various accounts, mortgages and bills. I love the transparency it provides as well. This program really helps to hold you accountable for your spending.
Be Energy Efficient – We replaces all our light bulbs with LED lights – this helped us conserve energy and save. We also unplug anything we are not using except for our TV. Find the lights in your home that take up the most energy. For us, it’s our dining room light. While we use this light source when we have company, we generally try to use the recess lights and lamps as they do not use as much power.
Cut cable – We do not regret this decision at all! Not only did we not need it, our lives are more enriched for not having it! We no longer watch mindless television shows. We replaced cable with Netflix which is $8 a month… monumentally cheaper than cable was for us. Now we can pick exactly what we want to watch, when we want to watch it. We also no longer have to worry about our kids seeing something they shouldn’t because we are selecting what is on….commercial free.
Download this App – Save money by cooking with the ingredients you already have in your pantry verses going out to buy specific ingredients for new recipes. I don’t know how many times I stand in front of my pantry with a blank stare, wondering what I’m going to make for dinner or how I can mix the things I already have. With Supercook, you just add your ingredients and Supercook instantly finds matching recipes from the most popular cooking websites. It does all the work for you while helping you save by using the ingredients you already have at home!
What are some ways you cut costs in your family? Please share by commenting below and let us know some more tips to save!