5 Easy Ways to Save Your Family Money Right Now

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I am cheap for both sport and out of necessity, and with the economy playing the crazy “what am I going to do next,” game, cutting down on family costs is something that is constantly on all of our minds.  Though none of the ideas I’m going to share with you are radically original, they are ones people don’t consider often enough.

 1)   Go to the library.  Your local library not only carries more books than you could ever read in your entire life but also holds a wide range of movies, TV series, documentaries, music, and subscriptions to large array of magazines and papers.  All of these can add up to a small fortune so why not borrow them for free?

2)   Utilize consignment stores:  For items that you can’t or don’t feel like selling via garage sells etc. whether it be furniture, maternity clothes, house wares or kids’ clothes, consignment stores are a great way to de-clutter your home and get some cash for your goods.  Furthermore many consignment stores will give you a higher percentage if you take your profit in store credit so for kids’ clothes this can work out great. Out with the old, in with the almost-new, with no actual cash leaving your pocket!

3)   Buy second hand: I honestly can’t pass a second hand store without getting the shakes; it’s an addiction I have.  I have a closet full of clothes and almost all of them are used. Some people get totally turned off by the fact that something is second hand, I think they’re crazy. Many of the items I find still have the tags on them and given that you can get dishes, clothes, and just about anything you can think of at fraction of it’s original price, thrift stores are hard to resist and can save your family 100s of dollars a year, if not more. And now with Facebook swap and shop groups, craigslist, and freecylce sites, you can often find things you need for super cheap or free, while sitting on your couch in your pjs!

4)   Reuse everything you can: With so many great ideas on Pinterest, you will be hard pressed to not find a way to reuse many things that you would usually toss or throw in the recycling bin.  From making coffee tables out of pallets to creative ways to reuse tin cans and glass jars, you can find a ton of inspiring and fun ways to turn junk into funk.

5)   Clip coupons and keep an eye on sales:  While you may not be able to have quite the level of success that you see on Extreme Couponing, you can still easily save a few dollars using coupons. There are a lot of great sites that will mail you coupons, coupons come in papers and flyers, you can join couponing clubs on Facebook, and there are new coupon/save sites popping up almost every day. Furthermore, you can go direct to brands’ sites and look for or request coupons.  Keep an eye on weekly sales at the grocery store and also pay attention to the season in which you buy something.  Kids need new clothes constantly; buy the next size up at the end of the season.  Know that you’re going to need a new computer? Wait for back to school sales or after Christmas clearance. 

Whether you’re trying to make ends meet or just be smarter about what you use and how you use it, there are a lot of ways that we can all save a few dollars, or a lot of dollars, everything adds up.

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About the Author

Jenessa Blanchet

I am a working mother of two, with a passion for writing and lending a literary helping hand to fellow parents and family enthusiasts. Born and raised on the west coast, I have a love of the outdoors; sailing, beaching and all things wonderful including constantly trying to keep a handle on family life. View all posts on Family Life.