Having children is a wonderful and rewarding experience; it’s also expensive. Parents of young children often struggle to stay on budget. Having some proven money-saving tips can be a tremendous help. The following tips can help you save money during these sometimes lean years.
Boy or girl?
If you plan to have more children, save money on the cost of clothing by opting for unisex newborn baby clothes. Unisex designs are just as adorable as clothing specifically made for either boys or girls. These gender-neutral styles can be handed down from child to child no matter what their gender. After all, newborn baby boy socks work just as well on newborn baby girls.
The more the merrier, and the cheaper: When you have more than one child, there are ways to save money on everything from daycare to sports to picture day at school.
- Look for special discounts for your second and third child when you enroll them all in the same daycare.
- School picture day is often less expensive for each child after the first.
- Sporting leagues usually give discounts when you sign up for more than one of your children.
Buy used: Things such as swing sets, swimming pools, and other outdoor play equipment don’t have to be new to be fun. If you find something that’s in good condition, your child will enjoy it just as much as if it were new.
Fair trade: Do you have a skill that is in demand? Try bartering for the second-hand items you want. Someone with a swing set in great condition may be willing to barter with someone who can remove a tree on their property that is not in great condition. You can barter many skills; think about the areas where you excel and offer them as a trade for the things you want.
Dine out for less: Having kids doesn’t mean that you can’t go out for a nice dinner. Choose a restaurant that has a kids-eat-free offer and plan to visit on the nights when the offer is in place. Another option is to dine at home and then go out for dessert. Ordering water instead of pricey soft drinks is another way to save money at restaurants. Many fast-food restaurants make their money on drinks and French fries. Ordering the basic burger or chicken without the sides and drinks can save you a lot of money. Use these money-saving tips to enjoy getting out of the house for a bit.
Bonus tip: Plan a fun night for the parents and the children by trading off babysitting services with another family. The children can have fun playing together, and the parents get to go out to enjoy themselves; you might even try making it a sleepover. The next weekend, you keep all of the kids while the other parents go out for some adult time.
Trading off babysitting is an excellent way to go out without feeling guilty. You know that your children are having fun with friends, and you have more money for yourself since you didn’t have to hire an expensive babysitter.
When you follow the above tips, you and your children still have fun and get the things that you want. You’re also able to save money, which is always important for parents. Your children won’t feel deprived, and you are teaching them a valuable lesson about budgeting. Try coming up with more money-saving ideas and implement them into your list. You’ll be doing something great for the entire family.