Having children is EXPENSIVE! I’m not trying to pretend that it’s not! As with everything in life, there are always ways of saving some money along the way though. I’ve picked up some great top tips on how to save money whilst keeping your kids (and yourselves) happy and healthy whilst living on a budget from my friends and I’m really excited to share them with you. There are even some free stuff for kids included in my list – and everyone loves a freebie!
Once there are kids involved – a night out automatically becomes a lot more expensive due to the added cost of a babysitter. My top tip for this is to start a “Babysitting circle” with fellow parents – maybe from your ante-natal group or even nursery or school. You take it in turn to babysit for each other and at no cost. Most parents are so grateful for the free childcare that they don’t take advantage of it, plus your child or children are being looked after by another (supposedly) responsible adult! It’s a win win!
Half term, Easter Holidays, Summer Holidays….. and don’t even start on Christmas. Sometimes entertaining kids can be exhausting and expensive. Google free activities in your city or town and you will find a whole load of things to do that you might not have thought of. Check out my posts on cheap or free things to do in New York and London if you ever find yourself in one of those cities.
I know that parents want the very best for their children – and that’s understandable, but buying your children second hand clothes, toys or books doesn’t mean you love them less, it’s better for the environment and your finances. Wouldn’t you rather they had a few second hand things than one brand new one for the same price? I love seeing bargains in charity shops, on Facebook selling groups or even eBay for my niece. She is growing so fast that she’s not in clothes for long, and I’m sure she will soon be getting bored of the toys and books she has, so it’s nice to be able to get her little bits and pieces when I see them. My sister has asked that I stop buying so many big things though – I am filling up their nice new house!
A lot of attractions suitable for children are really expensive, but if you think you’d like to go more than a couple of times in a year, then an annual pass might be worth considering. You can then use it as much as you like, so if you are at a loss as to something to do or somewhere to go, you can use your pass and have a free day out! I have one for Longleat which I love.
Always be on the eye out for vouchers or discount codes – there are usually loads around if you know where to look. Sometimes you might have to collect coupons or save receipts but if you are clever and plan ahead you can get great deals on goods and days out – sometimes even holidays!
Invest in a good coat and boots and get outside! Whether it’s playing in the garden, or going for a walk, the great outdoors is fascinating to kids and it’s totally free! You can’t really go wrong!