Saving money when you have a family can be challenging! There’s always something new that someone needs and it’s never cheap. Here are a few things we’ve been doing to save a few more pennies towards our family adventures!
- Buy Second Hand. There are so many places to buy good quality items second hand. Children grow so quickly that most of the used clothes I’ve bought have barely been worn! Ebay, Facebook and Charity Shops are obvious choices. We bought our mobile phones second hand from Music Magpie (I haven’t wanted a new phone since meeting Bandi in 2013).
- Exercise for free. I’m all for supporting local fitness sessions but they can be too expensive if you’re on a budget. My sister recently introduced me to Fitness Blender where you can find over 500 routines put together by the husband and wife team. The HIIT (High-intensity interval training) routines are brilliant if you have young children as you only need around 15 minutes.
- Use Reusables! Save the environment and save money! Disposable nappies and sanitary products are so expensive.
- A woman can spend over £2700 in her lifetime on sanitary products! These reusable cups are the best thing ever and not as gross as you’re imagining I promise! Find more info here.
- “The average baby gets through 4,000 disposable nappies by the time they’re potty-trained, costing families £400 a year and creating the equivalent of half a tonne of carbon dioxide” (The Guardian). We bought our nappies from Little Bloom…there are so many cute designs and they’re only around £4 each. I wasted money on a few other types of nappies but these were by far the cheapest, easiest to use and quickest to dry.
- Sell stuff you don’t need or want! Personally, I prefer doing this via Facebook sites as I don’t feel that ebay supports it’s sellers particularly well. Also, buyers paying by Paypal can claim a refund months after recieving the item.
- Outings. If you’re lucky enough to have any, make the most of places that are free to visit locally. We also choose somewhere to join for the year as it’s better value for money. Our local farm park has a small soft play and is perfect for our little ones who would happily go everyday!
- Take a picnic! It’s often tempting not to but it’s so much cheaper to pack your own. It’s also much easier to make healthy choices when your not faced with menu after menu of ‘burger and chips’! Another plus is that you can choose foods that you know your fussy toddler will eat! Our favourites at the moment are hidden veg pizza and carrot and raisin biscuits.
- Cheaper holidays…
- Depending on where your headed you may find some bargains in amazing locations with airbnb. (Use this link to get £25 off your first trip and I’ll make a bit too xxx)
- Use Tesco Clubcard points to book Eurotunnel or ferries…they are worth three times the value….so £10 in vouchers will give you £30!
- European Health Insurance Cards. Make sure all the family have up-to-date EHICs to access state-provided healthcare across the EU. It’s totally free unless you go through an unofficial website. Apply for your free EHIC here…kids need one too.
- Make money from your house while your away on holiday! Sites like airbnb make it so easy!
Let me know in the comments if you have any other money saving tips for families.