This month marks SDBM’s sixth year of blogging! As a busy mom on the go, I have greatly appreciated how much modern technology has enabled me to do what I love as a work-at-home mom. I enjoy sharing and promoting valuable resources for busy families, and always look forward to more opportunities ahead.
To start with some bargainesque fun, I posed the question to my fellow So Cal bloggers:
“What super savings ideas have helped you save good cash for your family?”
Please read my fellow savvy bloggers’ consumer tips to save money and share yours, too, below, but before you have to watch this most hilarious video created by some (pretty talented) friends!!
“Super Savers” by Two Funny Brains!
“Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.” – Helen Gurley Brown
Lower Interest Rates
Carolyn West: ”We refinanced our home to take advantage of lower interest rates (although you can’t really do that anymore with rates going up) and we have cut back drastically on eating out. We used to go out to breakfast on weekends and we never do that anymore. We brew coffee at home every morning so we aren’t tempted to drive through Starbucks. I’d say on average we’ve saved about $500 in mortgage payments each month and then another $500 or so by not eating out and buying coffee. Total: $1,000 a month.”
Meg Salas: ”We cancelled our Cable and switched to Netflix streaming. One of the biggest perks has not been the money we saved on the service but instead the absence of commercials that specifically target our daughter, age 7. She isn’t overwhelmed by the urgent want to buy the latest trending toys and that has undoubtedly saved us hundreds of dollars over the years.”
Stick With a Budget
Kari Robinson: “We paid off about $10,000 in debt in two years by sticking to Dave Ramsey’s budgeting plan. We save about $200 a month (family of 2 adults and a toddler) by doing our grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s instead of Ralph’s. Instead of making those debt payments every month, the money stays in our account.”
Just say NO!
Jennifer Humora: ”Super simple…I deleted myself from nearly every daily deal site because it was like going to a mall every single day. There’s no way to stop the spending if you shop every day! I say no to many social functions when I think I’ll find it hard to resist spending more than I should on food, drink, buying gifts for myself and others, etc. In short, I just try to keep myself away from the temptations that lead me to spend money unnecessarily.”
Maribel Reyes: “Meal planning, this way we avoided making sudden trips to the grocery store that would make us spend on other last minute items and gas. Planning our trips logistically to lower our gas cost. Instead of driving to school we walked at least twice a week since school was just 2 miles away this also helped us be more active as a family and be healthier.”
Hillary Gardner: ”I have saved prob $150/mo by meal planning. Also, I have saved prob $30 by having my daughter paint large pieces of art paper and using that as wrapping paper and also cutting out birthday cards from it vs. buying them.”
Melissa Burton: “We cut cable as well. We also bought a crock-pot for meals that can be frozen for the future and cut down on outside coffee purchases by buying a Keurig machine.”
Leslee: ”Breastfeeding (but I do this for nutritious reasons and bonding). Airline tickets with promo points (southwest gave me 50k) a trip that normally would cost $850-$900 was $350, plus I have leftover points. Couponing for diapers and wipes – I regularly buy Huggies for half or less of what Costco sells them for (which Costco is a good deal). I mostly print the coupons. I use this site: southerncalisaver.com.”
Ashley Duchene: ”I have one three-year-old daughter and I used to pay a nanny $9 per hour until I figured out that it was more affordable to set up a share-care situation at my house. My friend drops her two sons off at my house and we have a nanny come over to watch all three. This brings my childcare cost down to only $4.50 per hour. The nanny makes $14. And my daughter gets to have weekly play dates in the comfort of our home. Overall savings per month, approximately $270.”
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