I have said it before and I will say it again. Kids are expensive!
Then again so are most things now a days.
Rising food costs, rising gas prices. Gas was $.89 a gallon when I started driving. And don’t even mention the fact that with small kids you seem to have to replace their wardrobe every 3 months because they won’t stop growing.
As a result we all seem to be cutting corners wherever we can. Combining errands, carpooling, coupon clipping and coupon codes can all help cut down on rising costs.
We have been a one income family for about 7 years now. I find myself becoming more and more creative with ways I can save us money.
When traveling out of town to visit family I always make sure to look for local codes to help save us money on our trip.
Holidays are especially expensive. Around here we have Christmas, our anniversary, both kids birthdays, Valentine’s day and Easter all in a 4 month window. Finding codes to use for gift ideas and even a nice dinner out is invaluable in making sure we survive our 4 month spending streak.
When shopping for the kids and clothes they need I always make a list of exactly what they need as well as current sizes. After finding coupons to use, sticking to the list helps with making sure they get exactly what they need when they need it.
One thing that I have found helps is any purchases over $100 are discussed before we buy. This really helps us make sure it is something we both agree we need and not a frivolous purchase.
With a little time and effort you can actually find ways to save on restaurants, online services, groceries and even local businesses. Whenever we have a purchase to make I always look for coupon codes first.
Do you use coupons?