When you are a mom, there are certain things that you just need to buy. You need to buy diapers, and you need to buy wipes. You need to buy groceries, and you need to buy cleaning products. The list hasn’t even finished, but it does go on! As a parent, you often have to decide between needs and wants, when it comes to shopping. Often, you only have enough in the budget for the needs, rather than things like clothes or designer handbags. So when you need to get these, you want to save money where you can, right? When you are buying these types of everyday thing, there is no need to pay more than normal for them. Plus, you can put the extra money away to get that handbag sometime of course!
Here are my top tips for saving money on the everyday need items for your family:
With big brand stores, loyalty gets you nowhere. It is such a good idea to shop around. If you live close enough to a variety of stores, then shop around to make sure you are getting the best price. This may take a little more time than getting everything all in one place, but can save you a lot of cash. Check online for deals too. Quite often there are only deals online that aren’t in the store.
Shopping online is a great idea to save money too. You will find a lot of deals online, and a wider selection of specialist stores than you probably have locally. You will be surprised at what you can find online; there is a huge variety. You can get your everyday items like shampoo and shower gel, as well as things like shaving creams and razors. It is easy to find inexpensive high quality razors online. It is a good idea to stock up as something like that can be used for a few people in the home.
Be aware of shipping prices when you shop online, though. You don’t want to have to spend a lot of money on that. If there is something you could add to the cart that is also a need, and then add it to the cart. It saves you money in the long run.
When you buy in bulk for things like diapers, it will be a larger upfront cost. However, when you work it out as price per diaper, it works out so much cheaper. Plus, you will won’t be running out of diapers for a while. In my experience, that is the biggest bonus. Not fun getting caught without any diapers for little ones!
Buying in bulk applies to groceries too. Think of non-perishable items like canned foods or dried spaghetti. Having these things stocked up at home will mean that you always have something in for dinner. Then you can just get fresh produce as and when you need it.
What are your favorite ways of saving cash when you shop? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below.