“I’m going to start saving in 2019.” I’ve heard that so often, and as awful as this sounds, I’m not entirely convinced everyone will stick to it. I know this because I’ve said something similar many times and it didn’t work out. However, here’s the key step to sticking to your commitment: Saving doesn’t always have to be in the form of putting money aside. It can also mean being savvy in your spending. Being less “wreckless”, for lack of a better word and more wiser. So I thought it’ll be a great idea to share some money saving tips for busy moms simply because I know you don’t have the time to wreck your brain when you’ve already got your hands full!
Some of these tips have worked for me in the past and still do, and others I will be implementing going forward. I’ll start from Feb though, January was a free trial month haha!
Money Saving Tips for Busy Moms
1. Separate weekend clothing from school clothing
This applies more to moms with creche/daycare going kids. Don’t let your kids wear their nice and expensive clothing to school. They get worn out quicker and you end up buying new clothing more often than not. I’ve always bought creche clothes from PEP and then spend a more on the weekend clothing. Because they wear their weekend clothing less often, it lasts much longer.
2. Plan your lunch meals
Planning is the key to saving many things. Money, and even time! But since we are talking about money saving tips for busy moms, I’m going to focus on the money aspect of it. If you plan your lunches for the week ahead, not only will you avoid buying unnecessary food items, but you will also avoid throwing away unused food that has gone stale.
3. Plan your weekly meals
Again, planning, planning, planning. If you plan your weekly dinner meals, you will avoid spending unnecessary and throwing away unused foods. I don’t know about you, but I strongly dislike throwing any food away. It will also be easier to set and stick to your budget this way. If you need some guidance on this, feel free to download my weekly meal planner template in this article.
4. Try out dinner boxes/meal kits
Dinner boxes are the way forward in many homes. While the idea may sound expensive, don’t be fooled. Hayley from Hayley’s Joys did a challenge with Daily Dish to determine whether it worked out cheaper or more expensive to use meal kits. The results were pretty interesting.
We used Daily Dish last week and not only did I find that the portions are nicely sized, but we also ended up with left overs on some nights which we could use for lunches the next day. Its also a great way to meal plan as you get exactly what you need in the box. The bonus is that you get to eat unusual and tastey meals that you wouldn’t usually prepare during the week and it will be made in a fraction of the time.
5. Introduce Meat-Free meals during the week
I understand that this might be tough for some but consider how much the price of meat has increased in the last few years. It’s quite shocking. What we spent on monthly meat back then, is almost what we’re spending on weekly meat now. Meat free meals during the week have made a huge impact in our home. And its probably healthier anyway!
6. Use apps to spend less on eating out
I was going to say stop eating out but who am I kidding. The reality is, we do eat out. And we deserve to eat out. We mom hard, we wife hard, we work hard, and we deserve that break! So when eating out, why not be savvy about it. Sign up with The Entertainer App. There are loads of 2 for 1 deals for many restaurants across the country. There is a yearly fee to benefit from the app but it is well worth it, especially if you enjoy eating out with the family.
7. Use those loyalty points!
Theres so many loyalty reward programs to use. Pick ‘n Pay recently launched their Baby Club whereby you earn 3 X Smart Shopper points on all baby products. There are plenty more loyalty programs in SA which if used correctly, can save you quite a few pennies.
8. Be content with what you have
This is a tough one for many, including myself. I always want more, and then I have to remind myself that I have more than enough. We don’t NEED more. Do we have a roof over our heads, clothing, food on our tables, water in our taps and a blanket at night? If we can answer yes to that and more, we have more than just enough. And the truth is, being content with what you have, will save you many, many pennies!
9. Slow down, mama!
Theres absolutely no need to rush to get anywhere. You will be surprised how much further your petrol will take you when you drive slower and more carefully. I’ve read that switching off your car radio can help your petrol go even further!
10. Buy on sale
I love this one. It works so well for me every single time. There ain’t nothing wrong in buying on sale. You would be buying the same goods for a fraction of the price. It makes the most sense. Plus, most retailers have their end of season sale way before the season has ended. Not only do you get to squeeze in a few items for the current season, but you can also buy for the next season.
11. Buy meat in bulk
Buying meat in bulk can save you quite a penny. Find a butcher you like, get some freezer bags and labels, and pack the meat in the portions you will need them.
So these are just a few ways I’m planning to save this year. What are your money saving tips for busy moms?
Hayley has put together some awesome Time Saving Tips for Busy Moms to help you save some precious family time. I’m sure you’ll also find them really useful and you may just score a few hours to get that mani/pedi you’ve been putting off.
PS stay tuned to our social media, there MAY just be a tasty giveaway going live very early tomorrow morning 😁
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