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You may have heard some parents complain that it costs a fortune to raise a child in the UK these days. It certainly isn’t the cheapest thing you could choose to do but there are some good money savings ideas you could benefit from to keeps costs down. The following are a few to get you started and thinking in the right way.
Find Free Things to Do
The world is full of free things to do. If you are on a tight budget should you really be spending money on amusement parks, restaurants, cinemas and other expensive entertainment options? Instead, you could go for a walk, work in the garden together, go cycling, take a picnic, organise a treasure hunt or do any one of a number of great free things. Before you do anything which costs money you should stop and consider the free alternatives. In many cases the idea which costs nothing turns out to be more interesting and far more memorable for the whole family. As well as costing you less, organising something on your own will also give you a great deal of satisfaction too.
Look Online for Deals
We should all know by now that the internet is the place to look for cheap deals on just about everything. Whether you are looking for bargains on clothes, affordable pairs of shoes or just about anything else, it’s a good idea to check out the prices online first of all. Once you get into the habit of doing this you will realise that there are big savings to be made on a whole range of things. In fact, you will probably wonder why you haven’t been shopping online for your family long before now.
Don’t Be Afraid of Second Hand Clothes
There are times in a child’s life when second hand clothes make perfect sense. For example, when they are in a growing phase it’s easy to end up buying something which they only get to use a few times before it is too small for them. Equally, once the little one starts moving around independently, they will start to wear their clothes out a lot more quickly than they did in the past. If they have older brothers or sisters, don’t forget to hunt out their old clothes and arrange them by order of size, so that you can work your way through them as they grow up. If there are no old clothes they can inherit then you will find other great ideas for saving money on a growing baby’s clothes, such as buying supermarket brand items. There is no reason to spend a fortune on expensive or designer clothes for babies or toddlers unless it is for very special occasions. It is far better to look for something cheap, comfortable and attractive and save some money for other things.
Every parent who wants to save money on their child’s upbringing can easily find creative ways of doing so if they are just willing to take a little bit of time to think about it. This can range from organising nights in playing board games to encouraging them to help you grow vegetables, from making their clothes to lots of other things. Perhaps if there is one final thought we can take from all of this it is that saving money during a child’s early years can actually be great fun. By getting creative and coming up with interesting ideas you can feel as though you are really making an effort and being a top parent as well as someone who saves money.
Can you think of other great ways to raise a child on a budget?
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