Holiday seasons of any type can be challenging for families especially if you have young children to care for. In many homes, the holiday season brings about additional expenses which can deplete our family savings. If you are preparing for an up and coming holiday, here are some interesting ways you can actually make back some of the money and even add to your savings in the process.
Household expenses involving meals and food can be challenging. Rather than wasting money on clipping coupons and doing other budget friendly shopping, start by signing up for a coupon based or shopper based website that offers free shopping tips on local grocery stores in your area. By setting up a profile, you can obtain coupon codes and discount pricing information on times you already buy. This will save time and energy that you could otherwise place into working or making additional money.
In addition to online shopping organizations and discount clubs, check out your local library or city hall to obtain information on free or low-cost veterinarian supplies. Because family pets can impose a dent in our budgets, finding ways to eliminate or reduce this expense will mean more money for your savings account.
For entertainment, most families will head out to a local movie theater, ice skating rink, or even find other ways to pay for quality entertainment. Online today there are many free games that can be downloaded for children. In addition, your local library usually carries movies on DVD and games that can be rented at no cost. Instead of paying for family entertainment, consider tapping into one of these resources and put the money saved into your personal or family savings account.
Recycle products rather than buying new. If you can afford to re-use a water bottle, then re-use it with filtered water. There are many opportunities in your home to recycle things that you typically would throw away and this will save on expenses that you may spend on purchasing containers, boxes for shipping or even storage boxes. Make use of containers that you have around the house rather they buying new storage supplies.
Family finances are strapped and tight these days and around any holiday period many families find they are more strapped than ever before, often tapping into their own savings account for added expenses. This year, instead of tapping into your savings account, consider these useful tips for saving money and put money away in your emergency fund and do not spend more than is necessary.
Sources: Free Deals and Steals, vol 5, pp. 7-9.