Monday, November 18, 2013

Tips from a Stay-at-Home Mom to SAVE MONEY! :)

JUST WANTED TO MAKE A NOTE: THIS IS NOT JUST A POST FOR MOMS...OR MOMS THAT STAY OR WORK FROM HOME!  THESE TIPS COULD REALLY APPLY TO ANYONE! I'M JUST WRITING IT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A SAHM BECAUSE, WELL, THAT'S WHAT I KNOW!


Happy Monday!!!!

I thought I would do a post with some tips today!  Not that I'm an expert but, as I've done before (like here and here and here! lol), I like to share things that have worked (or that I'm trying to implement!) with my own family.  



During the week my little guy and I spend all day together since he isn't in school yet (my older son is in preschool for part of the day).  That being said, going to run errands every day and picking up 'a few things here' and 'a few things there' adds up SUPER quickly!  

Literally whenever I leave Target or Walmart my jaw drops {As in...I came for paper towels...how did I end up spending $75??!!}


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I sat down to organize my thoughts.... What else can I do to occupy my time - and my kids(s) - instead of spending unnecessary $$ during the week!  I figured it would be helpful to share it with my friends too!  These days, who isn't trying to save money, right?
  1. STOP mindlessly running errands
    • This is a hard one for me.  But my girlfriend made a good point - make a list over the weekend of exactly what you need.  And when you go to the store, ONLY buy those things!  That's where I end up overspending - I run in to grab something I forgot to get the day before {we just talked about this!} and I buy 10 other things that I didn't even know I needed (or don't really need, actually! lol)
  2. Walk and/or go to the park
    • This is an obvious one, I know, but it's one of my new favorite activities!  In my city alone there are 4 or 5 GREAT parks, most of which have walking paths.  If the weather permits, head out there....get in some exercise for you and then some fun for the kids!  Tire everyone out in one fell swoop!
  3. Free library / 'mommy & me' classes
    • We go to a free mommy & me at the library once a week!  It's only 40 minutes....but it's free, I get to hang with some of my girlfriends and the kids get to play!  And it's free!  Go online and search in your area...you're bound to find something!  
    • For some (most really) mommy & me classes you do have to pay - but they will usually let you try out a class first to determine whether it is something you'd want to continue.  Take advantage of those trial classes and find what works for you!  
  4. Play dates with other parents that are home with their kids
    • Go to each other's homes or meet at the park....it's the cheapest day you'll ever have!
  5. Indoor playgrounds that offer bundles
    • During the summer when it's SO hot, humid and raining - or during the winter for some of you when it's freezing and blizzarding outside! - I love these indoor playgrounds.  But these places can get expensive.  You pay, say $6-10 per child to play there.  And usually we're only there for an hour or so.  But check coupon sites, like your local Groupon or LivingSocial, some of them pop up on there and you can buy a bundle and save some $$.
I hope that these tips help at least a little bit!  It's easy to go through the drive-thru 3x a week for one of these:

...but it adds up (calorie- and money-wise!) very quickly!

Side note: I tried the Starbucks Caramel Brulee Frappuccino Light the other day and it was YUM!! :)

So, what are some of your Tips & Tricks to save $$ during the week?
I'll be back later with my WOD!