Moms have plenty of things to worry about as a parent, and one of these is monthly expenses. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid overspending this year and stretch your budget even further. Here are a few suggestions:
Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient
Investing in Energy Star certified products is a great way to save money on your energy bills and boost your home’s efficiency. Options range from energy-efficient HVAC units and kitchen appliances to light fixtures and home entertainment systems. Replace power-hogging old appliances and watch your savings grow.
Additionally, remind your kids to unplug their electronic devices from the wall before they leave the room. Whether it’s a TV, gaming console, computer, or phone charger, these items still use up energy even when they’re not in use. The only way to cut power to these systems is by unplugging them completely. For a quick and easy solution, have your kids connect all their appliances to a single power strip.
As a mom, you probably have a busy schedule, but remembering to unplug your toaster, microwave, and coffee maker before you leave for work can help you avoid unwanted energy costs.
Save Money on Groceries
Make your next trip to the grocery store even better by employing a few money-saving techniques. For instance, coupons are a great way to shop smart. You can download and print them online, look for them in a newspaper, search for them at the store, or find discounts with a coupon app. If you don’t have the time or patience for this, at least consider stocking up on sale items.
Most grocery stores also have loyalty programs you can join to get special coupons and find out about upcoming in-store deals and events. To make the most of your grocery trip, shop when you know there’s a sale so you get the best value and avoid overspending.
Visit Thrift Stores and Consignment Shops
It can be hard to keep up with your kids’ growth spurts and changing tastes in clothing. To help you save a little money in between, consider stopping by your local thrift or consignment store. Here you can find like-new, brand-name items for less and even make some money of your own by selling clothes your children no longer need.
Plus, many of these shops also offer other gently used items and accessories you might like, including home decor, dishware, jewelry, shoes, toys, books, and board games. Just because you’re buying secondhand doesn’t mean these items can’t be useful to you and your family.
Pack Your Own Lunchbox
If you pack your meal before you leave home, you won’t have to stop at a fast food place for lunch or overspend at a fancy restaurant with co-workers. Likewise, stocking your kids’ lunchboxes with healthy foods and snacks means you won’t have to dish out lunch money, and it lets you have more control over what they eat. You can also show them how to pack their own meals during those mornings when you’re short on time.
Use these money-saving tips to help you make the most of your budget this year.