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.

 

5 ways to keep kids busy during summer break

5 ways to keep kids busy during summer break

When it comes to keeping children occupied when school is shut for summer, it can often send parents into a pit of dread of what they may do. SOAme parents need to work on the logistics of childcare, others will be lucky enough to have some time off or be at home with their children. Occupying them, however, may feel like an impossible task. The first week is always the easiest, the last week will certainly test the best amongst us, but it is possible to survive the summer and have some fun in the process. So I thought I would share five things you could do with your children to keep them occupied for summer break.

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Take a family vacation 

One of the best ways to spend this time is to go on vacation somewhere. Exploring a new place or country is a lovely way to spend the summer break. You could spend time on the beach, enjoy the hotel pool, or walk around exploring new places and eating in lovely establishments. Children love the freeness of a vacation, staying up a little later, spending time with their parents and being outside more than the norm. It is a great way to pass a week or two.

Explore your hometown like a tourist

You may not realize it, but we are less likely to explore our hometowns when it comes to looking for things to do. However, your town or city is bound to have some form of tourist attraction, so why not explore it? Go to the museums, head to the swimming pool, explore the parks. You may find some new favorite spots to spend the summer weeks.

Get them involved with sports clubs and camps

Sports are a great way to keep children occupied, and also helps to keep them fit and healthy, so you may want to encourage some day camps os regular clubs to keep them occupied during the summer months. As a mom, you could also get involved, whether that is washing the custom basketball jerseys, providing the refreshments or having a system with other moms for watching and the logistics of the sports clubs. It will be a great way to keep them occupied.

Organise a weekly list of chores

Chores may not be your children’s idea of fun, but it can be a great way to encourage them to do something a little different and can also give you a hand. Having children home all day means that things are likely to get messier than usual. Encouraging them to keep their room tidy, make their own beds and just generally have their own responsibilities can help you out and occupy them in the process.

Have play dates and fun times at home

Finally, you won’t always be able to go for elaborate days out and explore new places due to the costs involved, so it is also essential to organize some fun time at home. Occupy them with crafts and activities and organize some play dates for the garden and at home. Taking it in turns with other moms could help lighten the load of the burden of summer break.

I hope that these suggestions help you keep your children occupied during the summer break.