Top 10 Savings Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms
Are you a typical stay-at-home mom exploring ways on how to maximize your resources at home? According to a study done by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, majority of Australian moms prefer to stay at home and care for their families themselves. Good news for moms, there are a lot of effective tips on how to make an extra saving through some really simple ways without even stepping out of your home. Here’s a top 10 pick on how to maximize your resources at home without having to forsake quality for the family.
1.Organize a yard sale.
A yard sale is a great way to de-clutter the house and at the same time make money. It’s a win-win situation! Simple gather up all those discards and you sure to score some bucks with absolutely no cash out. The best part is you can turn a boring Saturday into a fun event that the whole family can enjoy!
2.Prepare a carefully thought out grocery list.
In this way you only make a trip to the grocery once every two weeks or at least once a week. Tendency is that you spend more when you do frequent trips to the grocery because you usually buy the un-essentials more often than your suppose to. Not to mention you save more on bulk buying versus frequent individual purchases.
3.Prepare homemade meals rather than eating out, use a meal calendar to plot your daily meals to avoid repetition.
Of course you don’t want and have to deprive the family from ever eating out, but what you can do is limit your family trips to restaurants to once every week and cooking satisfying meals at home the rest of the week. You can also prepare packed-lunches for your husband and kids to save on lunch cost. Aside from saving money you also get to explore a creative mix of healthy yet delicious home-made food. After all the delicious homemade meal always soothes the heart!
4.Make your own backyard vegetable garden.
Plant simple vegetables like Tomatoes, Eggplants and Squash, they are easy to nurture and harvest during summer season. Having your own vegetable garden lowers the cost of providing your family with healthy, organic meals. Working in the garden is also a shared experience for the family that creates a wholesome and productive activity the whole family can enjoy.
5.Wash and reuse.
Used foil wrappers, plastic and paper bags containers can be washed and reused to save you from purchasing them every time you need one. Plastic food containers can come in handy when storing left overs and freezer use. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save by re-using!
6.Organize your kitchen.
The nest way to save up is to avoid wastage. Organize your pantry by transferring your dry goods in airtight sealed containers to prevent them from getting stale from being exposed in their own original plastic packages. Also be sure to check the expiry dates of your goods and use them before they expire.
7.To avoid unbudgeted shopping expenses, make every effort to take care of clothes.
Don’t stock un-used clothes inside closets because weather changes and prolonged storage can damage the fabric. Store them in airtight zip-locks or plastic containers. Do not throw away clothes that are out of fashion, trends work in cycle, just store them safely until they are seen on the fashion scene again. Before throwing your dirty hamper inside the washing machine, make sure to close zippers and button them to avoid dilapidating and tearing them off inside the washer. Use fabric conditioned to prevent clothes from wearing off. Turn coloured clothes inside out to keep them from fading quickly and remember to wash coloured ones together separate from the plane ones.
8.Squeeze out your creativity and scout for scraps you can turn into something neat.
Newspapers, colourful pieces of cloth can be turned into a unique and colorful wrapping paper. Just like those old torn denims can be turned into a creative and useful apron for gardening. Use scrap buttons and ribbons to design an old bag you haven’t used in a long time or paint an old pot to match your lawn.
9.Don’t be afraid to recycle gifts.
Un-opened items sitting inside your storeroom or even those that were rarely used can be of more value and better use to others. With just a few dusting off and a new wrapper and you’re ready for the gift-giving occasion. Just remember this rule of thumb: do not recycle gifts given within the same circle of friends or family.
10.Never under estimate the saving power of a piggy bank or an old cookie jar.
Lose pennies may seem worthless but you’ll be surprised at how much you can make at the end of the year by putting together those coins.
With these ten simple home tips, you’re sure to transform your house into a frugal home in no time!