The words “frugal” and “mom” just seem to go together, don’t they? We mom love to save money. Moms love bargains, deals, and sales of any kind. We have college tuition to think of! Plus, kids are expensive. Kids need all this stuff. I was shocked when I fully realized what these tiny humans require and the hits just keep on comin’!
During the holidays, I feel like I bleed money. Like I just open my veins and quarters start rolling out. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love buying presents for others. It is one of my favorite things. However, nice gifts cost a pretty penny. And I really want to pinch all of those pretty pennies!
Most moms are great at saving money already. They know exactly how to cut corners without sacrificing what their family really needs. But I have found some new ways to save more money as a mom and I just have to share!
How Frugal Moms Save More Money
How to Save More Money Grocery Shopping
Due to the fact that I live in the desert, means I struggle to find quality fresh produce. If I do find it, I can spend an arm and a leg for it. I have thoroughly investigated my options at all of my nearby stores and this is what I have discovered:
- Buy frozen vegetables at Costco/Sam’s Club. However, if I am planning on juicing a lot of fruit and vegetables, this is the place to go to buy in bulk.
- Buy produce at Trader’s Joe’s (organic options at low prices!), unless there are better coupons at my local grocery store. Plan ahead!
- Check local farms/orchards for seasonal items (save money and pick your own stuff right off the vine!)
Sometimes it seems like buying goods at a superstore will save you money. However, this is not always the case. To see exactly what items you should buy at Costo/Sam’s Club versus the grocery store, check out this article.
When you are looking for household goods like cleaners, toilet paper, and paper towel, you also have quite a few options. It is possible to save money and buy in bulk at your local superstore, however, check your coupons. It may be far cheaper to buy toilet paper and paper towel at the grocery store. When your local grocery store runs a sale on these items, stock up!
Another place I always check for household sundries is Amazon. I have saved big through Amazon family and their Subscribe and Save Program. Besides offering the best prices, there is the added bonus of having everything delivered right to your doorstep. This is not only convenient but saves on gas! It also saves my sanity because trying to wrangle a toddler into a car and through stores while running errands is no picnic!
With Amazon Prime Family and Prime Pantry, you can save 20% or more with coupons and their regular deals. Subscribe and Save is great because the more your buy, the more you save. I also like being able to set up my monthly deliveries and then forgetting about it!
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Target is like mom’s happy place with it’s discounted goods and Starbucks right inside. The prices are normally lower for household goods at Target than the grocery store, however, it is possible to save even more money! One, if you link your debit card to Target, you can save an additional 5% on everything. This is not a credit card! You bring in a blank check and Target will link their debit card to your bank account and you will get to save 5%!
How to Save More Money Shopping for Gifts
Whether it be the holiday season or your child’s birthday, gifts cost money and they are an extra expense in your budget. I know that I will have extra expenses around Christmas, but have you ever had a month where it seems like everyone you know is having a birthday or baby shower? These celebrations can be very pricey, but there are still great ways to save money on gifts!
I have mentioned this awesome program before and you seriously have to check it out! Ebates is a program where you earn cash back by using their app or going through their website and shopping. You can shop at all of the stores you normally shop at, but you get a cash back bonus!
Cash back in your pocket is obviously wonderful, but the other thing I love about Ebates is that they give you all of the coupons and promotional codes for each store you are shopping at. For example, have you ever gone to shop online at a store and then before checkout you google the promo codes for the store? You do not have to do that with Ebates. They give you ALL of the current promotional offers for all of the places you are shopping at! One-stop shopping with cash back!
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Skout Deals App
Alice from Skout Deals reached out to me as a frugal mom and asked if I would be willing to review her FREE app. I am always on the hunt for a good bargain, so I readily and eagerly agreed. The Skout Deals App was created by Alice and her husband out their love for finding the best deal.
This app is so incredibly easy to use. First, you enter your location. Then, you can shop by searching for your favorite store or search by category or keyword. Every deal on the app is at least marked down by 25%, but you can also unlock special “surprise deals”.
As I was playing around, I decided to search for deals in my area. I just happened to come across an item on sale that I have been stalking for several weeks. My daughter has a bit of an obsession with tutus and requires one in every color. I found exactly what I was looking for and it was over 50% off! When you click on the item, you are given more details like whether a coupon is needed or if the offer is good in-store, online, or both.
Then, last weekend I realized that I needed a gift for my friend’s daughter’s birthday. Honestly, I completely forgot and needed to find a gift ASAP, but did not want my absentmindedness to cost me big bucks. So, I decided to see if the Skout Deals help could help. First, I searched by “category” and then saw the categories can break down further and further to find exactly what you are looking for. I could not believe my eyes when I found this perfect gift for a Minnie Mouse obsessed little girl in under a minute for half price! Seriously, you need to download this app!
How to Save More Money on Kids
Kids are expensive. There are no two ways about it. However, there are ways to save some money…you know, so you can put it all in on their college education. Here are some things you can do to save money now, so that your pocketbook will not hurt as much as your heart when your little one packs up and moves away to college.
- Buy clothes off-season (you may have to guesstimate the sizes, but when in doubt, buy big)
- Check out your local garage sales for gently used clothes, books, and games. Many garage sales are now online through Facebook groups! You can also sell your gently used items here, too!
- Pack your child’s toys into several large bins and rotate them. It’s like your kid is always getting new toys, but really it is just the ones you already have!
- Empty boxes, used paper towel holders, and scraps of paper are a great start to homemade arts and crafts!
- Get a library card! You can rent books and movies for free! My local library allows me to check out 50 children books at once! I can also use my library card to download Kindle books for both my daughter and I. We currently have an Olaf Christmas tale that is actually narrated by Olaf!
- Trade with your mom friends. Have a mom friend that has kids close in age to yours? Swap clothes, toys, and books and double it all!
- Upcycle favorite clothes. If you do not want to sell those old onesies, you can turn them into blankets and stuffed animals with just a few clicks on Pinterest!
These are some of the ways this frugal mama saves money. What are your favorite tips? Please comment and share below!