Imagine how your life could change if you were to discover extra money in your family’s monthly budget. What would you do with it? Could you pay down debt? Start, or add to, a savings fund for your children’s college educations? Get a pet?
Let’s discuss 4 smart and viable ways you can save substantially on everyday family essentials, freeing up money you could better allocate in other ways.
1. Stop Using Disposable Items
Have you ever stopped to calculate how much your family is spending on disposable items? If your family is like most, you’re spending a bundle on these conveniences.
If you have two children wearing diapers, you might be spending anywhere from $100 to $200 a month or perhaps even more just for their diapers and baby wipes. Cloth diapering can save you hundreds or possibly even thousands of dollars in the long term. Your total savings depends on how many children you have and how long they’re in diapers before successfully potty training.
Cleaning wipes, paper towels, paper napkins, tissues and other paper items can all drive your grocery costs up. Going paperless in the kitchen can create substantial savings.
Here are a few suggestions for a variety of disposable items you can easily replace: