Money saving tips all mamas can use this summer

Money saving tips all mamas can use this summer

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With vacations, days out, and much more, the summertime can really break your budget. You end up overspending on groceries, entertainment, and things your family doesn’t even need. As well as that, you tend to spend more money on energy, as you try to keep your children happy and your home cool. However, as the Bible teaches us, it isn’t wise to spend more money than you have. This can be dangerous, getting you into debt and causing unnecessary stress. If you want to save some money this summer, here are eight things you can do.

  1. Look For Free Activities

When school is out, and your children have a lot of free time, keeping them happy and entertained can seem like a near impossible task. Thankfully, you’re not the only one who knows how bored kids can get, which is why there are usually a variety of free activities your children can take part in every single week. Check with your local library, cinema, and stores and see if any of them have any sort of summer programme or club your kids can get involved in. This is a great way to get your children out of the house, without breaking the bank.

  1. Avoid Using Your Oven

Everyone knows eating at home is much cheaper than eating out, but using your oven throughout the summer isn’t ideal either. The heat your cooker produces can force your air conditioner and fans to work overtime, leading to a much larger energy bill. To avoid this, you should try using a microwave oven, slow cooker, pressure cooker, or roaster instead. You can also invite your family and friends around for a barbeque, and ask that they each bring a dish or drink with them. This saves you money on food and means you won’t heat up your house.

  1. Switch Up Your Windows

Throughout the cold winter months, your windows are the barriers that keep the cold air out and the warm air in. However, what many people fail to realize is that they’re supposed to do the opposite in the summer. Unfortunately, without proper insulation, your windows won’t keep your home cool, costing you money on air conditioning. To avoid this, you should consider installing some new high-quality wood windows to insulate your property better. You should also make sure to keep your windows and curtains closed throughout the hottest parts of the day.

  1. Cut Out Phantom Power

Even with the glorious weather outside, you and your children are still going to spend a fair amount of time inside your home. This means you’re going to be using electricity to watch television, light your home, charge any number of devices, and much more. Although you can try to cut down on the amount of electricity you use each day, it’s much better that you limit the amount of phantom power you waste. To do this, you should make sure that you switch off lights and plugs when you’re not using them and get your children in the habit of doing the same.

  1. Change How You Wash

Whether we’re talking dishes or laundry, there’s no need for you to be washing with hot water. It wastes a lot of energy and doesn’t clean any better than warm or cold. With that in mind, you should make sure that you turn down the temperature every time you put a load of laundry in your washing machine. This is also useful, as it causes less damage to your clothes, making them last longer. You should also make sure that you only use your tumble dryer on really cold and rainy days and that you hang your clothes outside to dry as much as you possibly can.

  1. Plan A Fun Staycation

Summer is the time most families head off on vacation, as the kids are off school and the weather is lovely. Unfortunately, because of this, flights, accommodation, and tourist attractions tend to cost you a lot more during the warmer months. Instead of wasting thousands of dollars on a week away, you should plan a fun staycation for your family instead. Switch up the rules in your home, plan entertaining activities and days out, and take the time to explore your local area. This will cost only a fraction of what a vacation would but will be just as fun regardless.

 

No matter how old your children are, the summer can be an expensive time for families. To keep costs low and save some cash, make sure you remember the money saving tips listed above.

 

Easy ways to make extra money for your family FAST

Easy ways to make extra money for your family FAST

If you have been stretching your household budget for a while and need to cut back on your spending to sort out your finances, you might think about a side hustle to improve your life. You don’t have to make huge changes in your lifestyle to have more money left to pay off debt or to save up for large expenses. A few hours a week is all it takes to improve your finances for good and live the life you want to. Find out more below.

Buying and Selling Used Goods

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One of the easiest side hustles to set up is buying and selling used goods. Ten years ago, you had to look through the listings of Craigslist and other local classified ads sites to find bargains and sell them at a profit, but now there are large pawn shops in every city, and you can find items on Facebook Marketplace, too.

Dropshipping

If you are not keen on handling and storing items, you can still sell them online. Becoming a drop shipper of an international or local company can be a great way of earning a share of the sale price without doing much. You can learn how to become a drop shipper through online resources, as well as experience. Choose a product type that is rare, easy to market, and you know a lot about.  

Affiliate Marketing

If you don’t have time to create a business model and your own product, you can decide to sell other people’s products and recommend them to your friends and blog readers. You can learn affiliate marketing through free training and resources, and choose a profitable market that will give you some extra money to get your finances back on track and earn a residual income.

Dog Walking

If you only have a couple of hours after work every night, or the weekends to work extra and get more money, you can also choose to do simple jobs, Dog walking can be a good way of chilling after a hard day at the office and earning some extra cash, without having to work long hours. You can place an ad in your local paper and learn some basic animal care skills online.

Tutoring

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Whether you are an expert in accounting, business, plans, or languages, you can offer tutoring for people in your neighborhood, or even around the world. Thanks to the advancement of internet technology, you will be able to hold one-on-one lessons from your home, without having to visit your students. From fitness and nutrition to school subjects, there are plenty of things people are looking to learn online.

 

If you would like to earn some extra cash, you don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel. Working an extra few hours a week can provide you with some extra cash to feel more comfortable about your budget and enjoy life without worrying about your finances. Choose the side hustle that matches your schedule and skills, and see how far you can stretch your budget.