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4 Simple Ways to Save Money When You Have a Big Family

For many adults, the idea of growing a large family is really exciting. However, one of the concerns of growing a large family involves figuring out how to provide for everyone. It’s not fun to deal with a large family if you all are living in poverty. In order to save money and make sure everyone is happy, consider these four simple tips.

Make all meals at home

Food is such a large expense that so many people don’t consider. While one meal at a fast-food restaurant might be $10 for one person, that’s easily $60 for a family of six. That can actually cover a utility bill or a week of groceries at home. Be intentional about prepping the meals in advance. Purchase inexpensive snacks like popcorn and cookies. Buy in bulk to save more money and stretch meals. Then, you won’t have to worry about empty stomachs at the dinner table.

Budget every dollar

Consider every single dollar like a soldier that’s working on your behalf. If you don’t know where your money is going, it can’t work for you. If you choose to take out a loan in order to create some financial margin in your budget, create a plan to pay that money back. You may want to utilize a fast cash loan if you need a few extra dollars that week for additional expenses, or if you decide you want to do a one-time splurge.

Take advantage of coupons and cashback services

If you’re not someone who’s interested in clipping coupons, download various coupon apps. You can hold the digital version of the coupon up when you get to the register to take advantage of the discount. Most major retailers have online sites. Join a cashback service that will give you money when you make purchases with many online retailers. Once you hit a specific threshold, you can deposit the money into your bank account.

Purchase second-hand items or get items for free

The thrift store is an incredible place to shop for anything like the kids’ jeans for school or curtains for your living room. The key is to thoroughly clean everything you get. Join social media marketplaces to learn about people who are giving items away for free or at deeply discounted rates.

While you might not be able to take the family out to the movies every month, there are tons of ways to have fun and enjoy entertainment at a discount. Invite your children’s friends over for a movie night and pizza. Get creative and intentional with your family experiences, and you’ll see how easy it is to save money while facilitating a large family.

Tim Esterdahl

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