As a single mom with two young kids, spending habits have to change. Look at the type of spending habits you have. If you are a compulsive buyer, try making lists of the things you need at the store and stick to those lists. What are some other things you can do? If you buy designer clothes for your kids, consider buying them at a discount store like Wal-Mart instead. The clothes will still be great, and as long as they look decent, they shouldn’t care too much.
As far as mealtimes go, pack your kids lunches. If you can bring some of your work home and make dinner, you will save some money that way, too.
Bring your kids with you to more places so you save on baby-sitting costs. If you have a YMCA membership, you can exercise while your kids meet other kids in the free daycare that’s offered. My gym www.24hourfitness.com offers babysitting for 2 hours for a $2 so at $1 per hour that’s a steal. I use this time to work out – sometimes I sit in the yoga area and read…or I take a shower and deep condition my hair which is heavenly without two little boys slipping around the shower with me. I can even shave my legs without hollering – no don’t touch that it’s sharp!
Next time you go to the grocery store, buy more of the off-brand items and try to cut back on the soda that you buy and drink water instead. Don’t be afraid to cut out coupons and use them. Find out if your local grocery store has a double coupon day and make that the day you do your grocery shopping if possible.
Take your kids to the library to get books and movies. This make sense because you usually only read a book once or watch a movie once or twice. You also save on the movie rental fee.
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