Saving cash is always good – especially for a couple just starting a family with small children.
Here are five tips that I have used in my own life that have kept the spending down.
1) Cook from scratch.
Not only is it much healthier to cook from scratch, but it’s also way cheaper to cook your own food.
For example, instead of buying a jar of prepared pasta sauce, I buy a few cans of tomato paste and crushed tomatoes (I have also crushed fresh tomatoes myself, but not usually) and make my own pasta sauce and have the equivalent of 3 or 4 jars of prepared sauce, for the same price.
Also, cheaper is baking your own bread, growing your own herbs on your windowsill, and making your own salad dressings.
The list can go on and on! Get to know your kitchen!
2) Plan your meals.
Planning your meals will save you not only money but time as well.
Ever walk into the supermarket hungry, and walk out with way more than you intended to?
Having spent much more than you intended to? It’s really easy to do.
If you walk in there with a list, once a week – or better even less often – your budget will thank you.
3) Cloth, cloth, cloth.
The cloth diapers of today are certainly not what your great-grandmother used. They are stylish and cute, and really easy to use.
My favorite is pocket diapers, but there is a vast array to choose from. Kelly’s Closet is a really great place to get some diapers, but there are loads of options these days.
Pocket diapers close with snaps or Velcro and have a pocket in the back where you put the insert in to soak up the goodies.
I can’t even imagine having to buy paper diapers all the time!
The diapers that I have gone through both of my boys, and will hopefully go on my future children.
We also don’t use paper napkins, but cloth towels. And for my cycles, I also don’t use paper.
Why would I want all of those chemicals on me all the time? Gladrags and the Divacup are what I use.
They’re sanitary, don’t pollute the environment, and best of all – save me money because I don’t have to buy disposables.
What could be cheaper than free?
5) Get rid of your air conditioner.
Ok, maybe I’ll get flack for this one, but I live in the Middle East, and I don’t have one.
So, I don’t care where you are, you can go without it, too! Meanwhile, my fans are blowing.
I had to learn to dress for the weather. It wasn’t easy – I wasn’t born here, after all, but if I can do it, anyone can do it!
I really hope these little tips will help you in your life and in your budget. And I hope you enjoy your little one!