Saving Money

Everyone needs to be a little savvier sometimes, no matter how much you earn!

We all live and spend within or over our limits, so it’s important to regularly review your spending habits to help you save a little to either put towards your mortgage, holiday or children’s tuition fund.

As a former 20 something party animal, I was single with only my rent as necessity and the rest of my wages would go on myself, treating myself, nights out and holidays without a care in the world for my future

Since getting into a serious relationship and having a family of my own, I have become more money conscious, less selfish and savvier and want to share a few of mum top mum tips for saving money.

Clothes Swap

Children and babies grow so quickly it’s insane! One minute you’re buying 3 months, the next she is struggling to fit and you’re buying 6 months+. What am I feeding her!?

This is something everyone experiences and can be very frustrating- if you have a group of other mums who have young children, why not host a clothes swap. It’s literally a fancy car boot sale for mums but often with a nice cup of tea and lots more chat. You can either make trades or pay pennies for second-hand clothes, which usually haven’t been worn more than a handful of times!

Plan Your Meals

One of my biggest downfalls in buying food and going to the supermarket with absolutely no idea of what I’m cooking. This means that I literally pick up what I see and what I fancy, making for a very expensive way to grocery shop.

Instead, plan your daily meals before you head to the supermarket and take a list, checking your cupboards beforehand so you don’t overbuy.

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Budget

This can be a draining and soul destroying task but essential if you find your money disappearing with no recollection of where it’s gone.

Work out your monthly incomings, your essential outgoings and then budget from then on food, activates, clothing and so on. Soon you’ll have a better grasp on your finances and be more aware of what you’re overspending on.

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Another lengthy process, but if you’re looking to save a few pennies then couponing is essential.

From your supermarket shop to 2-for-1 on trips out and discount in high street stores, there are coupons all over the place and you just have to take the time to look for them. You can easily start to see the benefits, especially if you properly commit.

Shop Around

All retailers want your money so they will often compete with each other for your custom.

From supermarkets to branded houseware and furniture, you’ll definitely be able to save some money if you take the time to see what’s out there. Great comparison sites such as Money Supermarket and Compare the Market compare your bills, holidays and insurance to make sure you get the best deal1

Reduce Energy Usage

From reducing your hot water bill to halving your energy bill, there are a number of tips and tricks you can implement to help you save on the dreaded monthly energy bill.

Switch to energy saving light bulbs, don’t leave the heating on in unused rooms and switch off the water heater until you need it.

Saving money is a great exercise to help you save more and help you to become savvier, what other tips do you have for being a money saving family? Let me know by getting in touch.