Today we have a guest post. Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in her parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
“All moms out there are magic workers like no other; in fact, if there was a company storing all moms’ little tricks and hacks that keep the kids happy, the husband jumping for joy and the family budget just where it should be (maintained), it would be one heck of a successful company, be sure of that!
Pinch a little here, add a little there and all gets sorted in a blink of an eye – the homework is done, the house is spotless, she’s been to work, nailed it, and came back, she’s managed to get to her oldest kid’s school night and to her youngest one’s soccer game… she’s even squeezed in a coffee with her best friend and shopping with her mother-in-law. And how does she do it every single time? Well, she regularly washes her face with fairy dust and drinks Tooth Ferries’ wisdom, what can we say.
When it comes to maintaining the family budget, not every mom does things the same way (obviously, things depend on the family situation) but there are some common threads that all of us could benefit adapting.
Here’s, a breakdown of mom tricks to follow for a healthy budget this fall.”
She understands money
Every mom who is in charge of the family budget keeps a close eye to the inflow of money; that way, at any given moment, she knows what goes where and how much money the family can spend on certain things – whether it’s something small and seemingly insignificant, like shopping for groceries or planning out the family’s next holiday. Naturally without the support of her husband, things would be frugal, so she always looks to first build healthy family communication and then work on figuring out the money they have together.
She likes thrift shops
The fact this mom likes her thrift shops doesn’t mean she isn’t fashionable; if anything, she’s progressed so much in her fashion sense that she can find the most fabulous outfits browsing through piles of seemingly unattractive stuff. Further, by mostly buying in thrift shops, she is teaching her kids to not only save money but be conscious about the environment and fast fashion. Talk about killing two birds with one stone, right?
We hear thrift shopping isn’t reduced to store-shopping only; smart moms love to do their shopping right but save time in the process as much as possible – with clothing sites like swap.com they definitely manage to do both!
She is ahead of house mishaps
What rarely anyone thinks about before the damage happens is to fix things around the house that may be a potential cause of money waste. Yes, we are talking heat leaks, broken plumbing, overused heaters, etc.
Moms who are on top of the family budget make sure all potential leaks are sealed (doors, windows, ceiling cracks, etc) before they’ve made a considerable hole in the budget… we are all familiar with the sour taste of a cold home and a huge electric bill!
Also, when it comes to heating specifically, she’ll say “no” to space heaters and opt for central heating systems, especially in cold climates. Why? She knows these are more efficient than individual space heaters as they convert only about 30% of fuel energy into electricity. And guess what? The space will never need supplemental heat, as the mom of this house has already made sure all rooms are insulated and cracks and leaks sealed. Smart!
She recycles and reuses
When the budget is thin (or you just want to save up), reusing comes as a perfect way to leave some money aside. On top of that, it’s a fabulous way for the kids and moms to bond through DIY work around the house and channel their inner creative divas. Using an old bed cover to fashion pillow cases, mom’s old dress to craft decorative lace for plant pots, replacing boring pics with new, exciting ones in the existing, cute frames (instead of buying new sets), etc. are all perfect ways to save up, and every smart mom will encourage her kids to try it. Awesome, right?
We hope the advice above helped. Good luck with your budget-adventure!