Tips to Reduce Family Spending and Tighten Up Your Budget
April is Family Finance Month – the perfect time to get your money in order. Learn how to slash your expenses and save more cash for the future – for you and your kids
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Other ways to save
Outside of the grocery store, Buckles says there is no shortage of ways to save when shopping for other areas of your life.
"Buy clothes off season at a fraction of the price," she suggests. "By buying off-season clothes online with a coupon code, you can get great deals. Always look online for coupon codes and free shipping."
"I think a lot of people are under the misconception that pre-loved clothing is 'dirty' and 'other people's garbage,' but for the most part, that is not the case," she notes. "You can get great deals on clothes that are often new with tags or in excellent used condition."
Werenka's favorite resale shops are Restyle Child in Birmingham and Once Upon a Child, with locations throughout metro Detroit. She is also an advocate of Ferndale's freecycling program, whereby individuals looking to discard and acquire the same items are connected.
"You can list clothing, baby items, toys, etc. that you are done with for people in the community to see, and each person takes what he or she needs," Werenka explains. "In return, you can look at what they have listed to see if there is anything that you need."
Taking a do-it-yourself approach
Jennings notes that stockpiling need not be confined to the family's groceries.
"You can stockpile all areas of your life," she explains. "Stockpile for the holidays by shopping the day after Christmas when prices are slashed. I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping for this year."
Jennings is also a big fan of the DIY movement.
"I collect recipes on Pinterest and make a lot of homemade meals rather than taking the family out to dinner," she says.
Powe too has jumped on the DIY bandwagon and now makes many of her own household cleaners.
"I make an all-purpose cleaner, a bleach and a glass cleaner," she says. "I found the recipes for all of these online. Not only do I save money, but I feel more comfortable with the kids handling these cleaners when they help me around the house."
Paine of Money Saving Mom is a big fan of YouTube and other online tutorials, which promote DIY living.
"The other day our garbage disposal stopped working," she says. "My husband watched YouTube videos on how to fix it and did it himself versus calling a repair person. There is always a less-expensive way to do something."