When you save, you have to think of EVERY angle. This post will set you on the right path for thinking outside the box!
1. Search for Clothing Discounts
Check online and in print for sales on clothes that your family needs. Search for coupons for the clothing stores that your family frequents. Discount stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls have clothes that cost less than the department stores and if you hit the clearance racks, you can save even more. If you are fine with pre-owned items, check out your local thrift stores. There are some great finds there and some people even donate clothing new. Or, try any online search engine. Type in “deals on” and what you are looking for and you’ll be bombarded with opportunity. However, be aware of shipping costs. Some of those good prices may come with a catch of expensive shipping costs.
2. Weekend Scavenger Hunt!
Yard Sales and Estate Sales have been around for years. Going to one can be quite the adventure because you never know what you will find. If you are bringing your kids with you, give them some change to purchase a small toy, trinket or book. You could even make a game out of it by giving them a list of items to look for while they are there.
3. Use that Computer
Whether it is toys or other miscellaneous children’s items you are searching for, check sites like Craigslist or other buy and trade sites. Try signing up for daily coupons with magazines or coupon companies. It is free to sign up and you are sent a daily email with a variety of local deals which are usually half price. There is no service fee for these coupons, but there are expiration dates, so make sure and read the fine print.
You can also do a search in your city for free or inexpensive events that are coming up. Many of these events are seasonal. From Christmas parades to plays in the park to free music or outdoor film screenings, there is a gamut of events going on through the year. Other places that you may want to check out are local museums. Many have a free day or night a year, which is a great way to save and be expose your kids to the arts. While online, check out what is happening at your local library. Not only is it a great to read a book free of charge,