Earlier this week I posted about the financial aspect of being a working mom. I am very grateful for my job and the income it provides for our family, but it is not the only reason I work. It also does not leave us rolling in dough. Cutting back would not provide enough for me to entirely quit my job, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still cut back to save money. So here are some ways we have decided to stretch our income even further:
1. We use cloth diapers. I honestly wouldn’t switch back to disposables. After the initial investment I have been able to cover any additional diapers or larger sizes by selling smaller sizes. We have saved over $1000 in less than 2 years.
2. We use credit card points to purchase restaurant gift cards. We may not always get to try the newest or most favorite place, but we still get to have a fun family night every now and then. This includes Starbucks gift cards
3. We virtually cut out all other eating out, except once a week (usually after church) and special occasions. With a family of four, even a lunch at Panera can be around $25 so we try to be very careful not to splurge too often. If we only splurged once a week, that could blow our monthly budget by over $100-150.
5. I sell a lot of our kids’ clothes and also shop at consignment sales. I have found high-end boutique, handmade unique, Gap, Gymboree, etc for a few dollars. My husband is pretty low frills, but some of his most favorite outfits (in fact, I think maybe all have come from consignment sales.
Happy Friday!! Relax, get lots of fresh air, and hug those kiddos. I think $1 water squirters have been their favorite toy!