This post is a Continuation of Money Saving Strategies: Part 1. Find it here.
More money saving strategies we use:
Babies are expensive creatures!
- I buy the cheap supermarket brand disposable nappies for use during the day, and only use the more expensive brand overnight. This would save us about $20 a month.
- We only use wipes for number 2’s, and again I buy the supermarket brand. Number 1’s are cleaned up with tissues and sorbolene cream, not only is this much much cheaper, but much kinder on little bottoms. Those wipes have a lot of nasty chemicals in them!
- We have one of those fancy nappy disposal bins that seals off each nappy, trapping the smells inside. It’s a brilliant contraption, but each cartridge costs at least $10!! So we only use this bin for stinky number 2’s, and have a separate bin with a bin liner in it for number 1’s. The number 1 bin doesn’t seal the smell in as well, but we just make sure we empty it more frequently.
- When we were at the puree stage, I made all of Miss E’s purees and froze them, and used jar food only when we were out and about for ease and convenience.
- I buy formula, nappies, wipes, baby food and anything else I can in bulk, only when they’re on special.
- I make do with what I already have far more often than what I used to and now try to buy pieces that I know will be worn over and over again. I try to buy lots of neutral pieces that will go together with different outfits, and buy end of season clearance stock when I can. A tip I picked up recently was to choose a signature colour (in my case blue) and build your wardrobe with pieces in shades of this colour and neutrals, that way everything will go together nicely, and you can create more outfits with less pieces.
- For Miss E and the little man joining us soon, I’ve barely paid full price for a single item of clothing they own. Again, I buy end of season stock ahead of time. Miss E is currently wearing size 1, and so when I see a clearance rack, I’m looking ahead to pieces in size 2 and 3. For the little man I’m buying 0000’s, 000’s, 00’s, 0’s and 1’s when I see them cheap at the moment. With summer drawing to a close I bought 8 separate swimsuit items off the clearance rack for Miss E and the little man for a total $22.50, with their original price totalling $82! We’ve got enough bathers to get us through the next two summers now!
- I repair and alter what I can instead of throwing it out. Fixing a hem or sewing a button back on takes all of 15 minutes, and doesn’t cost me a cent.
- I never carry more than a couple of dollars in cash. If the money isn’t sitting there in my purse, I’m not likely to spend it on a soft drink or snack here and there. This is as good for my health as it is for my pocket!
- I don’t browse or window shop anymore. If I don’t know it exists then I won’t want it.
- I save up the things that I ‘want’ but don’t ‘need’ for gift suggestions when it’s my birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas, i.e. new handbag, sunglasses, books etc.
- If we can make it ourselves for cheaper than it can be bought, then that’s exactly what we’ll do. This goes for baby items, house renovations, pasta sauces, anything within our capabilities.
- We’ve made a conscious effort to turn off lights in the rooms we’re not in. If there’s no one in that room, there probably doesn’t need to be a light on. We also don’t have a dryer, and dry all our clothes out in the sunshine, or inside in front of a window if it’s cold and raining.
- We watch the fuel cycle and buy when it’s cheap, using discount vouchers when we have them. I say we, but really Matt just takes care of this and I don’t have to think about it!
I think one of the key things to remember when you’re trying to save a few dollars is to treat yourself every now and then. Have a fancy dinner every now and then, buy that killer pair of heels, just don’t do it all the time 🙂 Life gets a little boring if you only meat from the clearance section!
Take and adapt whatever works for you, ignore what doesn’t and please share any great money saving strategies you use to get by!