No family is perfect. We all go through rough times, and then those times we can’t live without each other. The dynamic all depends on the size of the family.
Having a large family is enjoyable, but also frustrating at times. One area that comes up often has to do with spending and saving money. Learn money saving hacks for large families that’ll make life easier on everyone.
Clothes & Thrift Shopping for the family
Save money on shopping by looking through hand-me-downs. If something doesn’t fit, it’s important to check if there’s another child who could wear the clothes before getting rid of them. While it’s not ideal, it’ll save the family money. Shopping is expensive and wearing clothes within the family is a great way to save pounds. Another option is to shop at charity shops and nearly new sales to get the best deals. You’d be surprised the amazing deals and types of clothes available at some of the nearly new sales at schools and church halls.
If everyone in the household is driving their own car, see if there’s availability to carpool and drop each other off to work and school. You’ll save on car insurance and petrol this way. If there’s a train or public transport, it’s probably cheaper to buy a season ticket instead of relying on the fluctuating cost of petrol. Members of the family may need to make extra stops if you car share, but it’s a smart way to save money. If you must buy a car, see if there’s a used car several of the older kids could share as they learn to drive. Alternatively, you could all get healthy and enjoy a walk to school together!
Cook more eat out less
Cooking more means eating out less. Making your own lunch and cooking family meals will save money. Family meals are also a great time to do some bonding and communicate with each other. Check the consumption of meals eaten out for the whole family for a few weeks, and see where each person can cut back. There are tools out there to help you see exactly how much you’re eating out and the amount of money you’ll save if you change your habits.
Get the kids into the habit of turning off the lights at home
This one’s about saving energy in the home. Turning off the lights is just one way to lower bills. Another way is to time showers and cut back on water. These simple adjustments are easy to do and will help the pocketbook. It’s hard to change habits, but if everyone starts doing it and reminding each other, then it should catch on pretty quickly. Even if the kids aren’t paying the bills, it’s a good idea to make them aware of how their daily habits are affecting the family.
Plan a Staycation
More people in the family means more plane tickets and hotel costs when going on vacation. Instead of travelling to far and expensive places, one idea is to have a staycation. This way everyone participates and there isn’t the stress that comes with spending a lot of money on a fancy trip. Plan the staycation as a group and let everyone come up with an activity that they’d like to do. Consider reserving a hotel or caravan in your city or nearby towns, and enjoying a few nights away instead of staying at home.
Large families are fun, but are also expensive if not monitored. These hacks are helpful for those families trying to save. Budgeting and saving is smart and will be beneficial in the long run.
If you’re keen to save money on days out, check out our discount vouchers page as every issue we have more than 10 vouchers. Or better still, enter one of our competitions for free family days out. Good luck!