Raising kids is not only hard work, but it can be really expensive too!
We all know how expensive having a baby is, especially when you are having your first and you need to get all of those accessories that you think you need for a newborn (spoiler alert: you don’t need most of them), but the expenses will keep piling up when your newborn grows into a child unless you can nip the spending in the bud.
That’s not to say that you can’t spend money on your kids and spoil them occasionally, but if you can find ways to reduce your outgoing for the everyday things, you’ll have more cash to spend on the special things or the days out and experiences you want to give them!
Here are five swaps that will help you save money as a parent and enjoy the time you have with your children when they’re young without worrying about the expense.
Swap Highstreet Glasses for Online Glasses
Did you know that around 64% of Americans need to wear some form of corrective spectacles, either just for reading or permanently due to shortsightedness?
Buying your glasses from a high street store is an expensive waste, swap to an online shop like Just-glasses.co.uk for your glasses, and you’ll still look great while saving a small fortune.
Swap Takeout for ‘Fake Out’
We all know that take-out food isn’t very healthy for you, but did you know that the average family spends $67 a week on takeout? Yes, a WEEK!
That’s a crazy amount, and you know that take-out food isn’t even very healthy for you either!
Switch to fake out food and enjoy cooking at home with your kids, you’ll save money, and you’ll be able to provide them with healthier alternatives to their favorite foods.
Swap Branded Food for Off-Brand Food
Speaking of food, branded food is always more expensive than store own-brand food, and most of the time, you won’t even be able to tell the difference.
There are definitely a few treats that you’ll want to keep in your basket, but switching to off-brand versions of your store cupboard staples like pasta and flour is a great way to save the pennies while still making sure you eat good food.
Swap the Car for a Bike
Switching things up occasionally and taking your bike instead of the car is a great idea all around!
You’ll save money on gas (especially with the gas shortages right now), on car repairs, you’ll also be saving the planet by polluting less, and everyone will be getting a little fitter and healthier by cycling to school and work where possible.
This one really is a win-win situation.
Swap Clothes with Other Parents
You know who is also struggling with money right now? Other parents just like you!
Swapping clothes and other accessories with other parents is a great idea, especially if you have lots of newborn things that another parent who is also a parent of toddlers may need!