Money Saving Strategies for Large Families

Money Saving Strategies for Large Families

Our family is still growing, so it’s my job to make sure we’re saving money where we can. Here are a couple of simple things that my family does to save money that might help get your money saving ideas flowing.

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Make a List
Probably one of the biggest ways we save money in our family is by making a list. We go to the store knowing exactly what we want to buy. Sometimes when we’re unprepared, we make purchases that don’t make sense or that don’t fit into the budget.

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Plan for Large Purchases
Another way we save money as a larger family is by planning for larger purchases. We don’t just wake up one day and decide that we’ll go buy a new television or a new car, those items take planning and saving.

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Buy Secondhand When it Makes Sense
I’m not sure people realize how much money they can save by purchasing items secondhand. I buy a lot of my kids clothes at children’s consignment sales. By doing so I get incredible deals on name brand children’s clothing at a fraction of the cost. I’ve also found great deals on baby items and furniture. When I had my first baby I bought everything brand new, but now I’ve realized what a waste of money that was.

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Stay at Home
It can get so pricey to go out and entertain a large family. If you want to save money in your home, then consider staying at home. You can do simple things like watch a movie together or have a family game night. Keep it simple and watch how much fun your family has while saving money.

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Be Brand Loyal
Another way my family saves money is by being brand loyal. I know what my favorite brands cost money wise, which helps me save money. I don’t go to the store every time trying to decide what to spend on a specific item. I know what I like, what it costs, and how to put it into our budget. One of my favorite items to buy are the ARM & HAMMER™ plus OxiClean™ Power PAKS (hello no mess or spills)! I’ve come to love ARM & HAMMER™ Plus OxiClean™ Stainfighters Power PAKS Laundry Detergent because they are powerful and effective. With both of my older kids playing sports this is extremely important, otherwise I would never get their baseball and softball pants clean. In addition, the convenience and affordability make me a repeat customer, because who really wants to think about laundry more than necessary? What about you? How does your family save money? Even if you aren’t a large family, these money saving ideas can work for just about anyone. The most important thing is to find what works for you and stick with it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ARM & HAMMER. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Scarecrow Crunch Recipe (Festive fall treat!!)

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Scarecrow Crunch Recipe

Fall is in the air – and you may want to keep this yummy snack in mind for upcoming parties!

Jamie here!  I had some extra Brach’s Autumn Mellowcreme mix that was left-over from a fall party at youth group.  Since I can’t be trusted around that stuff, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try to make Scare Crow Crunch for the kids! [Read more...]

DIY Felt Flower Pillow (Cozy for Fall!)

 DIY Flower Pillow

This cute DIY Felt Flower Pillow would be such a cute Fall craft to cozy up your nest!

Hi! I’m Amber Anderson, I am a pastors wife, mom of 2 lovely boys, and an avid DIY’er. I post regularly about DIY projects, crafts and family life – and you can visit my Etsy Shop here!

If you’re willing to take on a bit of a time consuming project (approx. 1 hour), then this pillow is definitely worth the effort. And makes for a fun TV watching project. This is also a great craft to do with a bunch of other women, just sitting, talking, hot gluing (and burning yourselves) together.

 

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Make a Costume Chest for Imaginative Fun!

 Make a Costume Chest for Imaginative Fun!

Halloween is coming, which means pretty soon you’ll be able to find some awesome deals on costumes.  ESPECIALLY keep an eye on thrift stores, as they pull out all their dress-up clothes for the upcoming holiday!

Costumes make great gifts, they bring out kids’ imaginations and get them away from a glowing screen for awhile.  Make a costume chest and you’re kids will always have a go-to place to let their imaginations run wild.

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The Drive-In: Go before summer’s over!

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The Drive-In | Frugal Family Fun (if you can find it)

(Jamie here!)  One of my favorite summer activities to do with the family is going to the Drive-In Movies.  For a family of 6, going to the movies is just too expensive for us. But at the Drive-In, our family can see two movies back-to-back for $10 total.  (With a healthy does of nostalgic charm at no extra charge. :) )

The Drive-In has been on my summer to-do-list for years now – and somehow or other we always waited too long and then they were closed for the year.  But a few summers ago, we finally loaded up ye old Land Rover with kids, blankets and lawn chairs and drove the 30 minutes to the nearest drive-in.

If you’re not lucky enough to live near a drive-in theater, I am so sad for you :(

See that sad face?  That is my sad face of pity for you!  Just come visit me some weekend and I will TAKE you to the drive-in – that’s how much I want you to go!  (Although you’ll maybe have to scrunch up on the floor – or we could tie you to the roof- because my family of 6 has a way of filling a Land Rover right on up)

Our favorite night to go is Sunday nights in the summer.  That’s when it’s Carload Night at the Swingin’ Midway Drive-In – where you can squeeze a whole carload of people in for just $10 total.

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When I was a kid, we would borrow my Paw-Paw’s old station wagon and take half the neighborhood with us to carload night.  (It was just $5 a car then)  Mom would pop a brown grocery bag full of popcorn to take along, and we’d lie a bunch of blankets in the back end of the wagon for movie time – cue total happiness.

 

 

Being the nostalgic sort – I insisted on backing up to the screen with our tailgate out, so the kids could lie on blankets to watch the movie.  Dad & I sat in lawnchairs with a gallon-sized cup of soda to share, and the kids happily sipped on juice boxes and munched popcorn.  Before the movie and during intermission – the kids roamed freely on the playground in front of the big screen.  Squeaking see-saws, merry go rounds, and swings kept time with the 1950′s music blaring through the bulky metal speakers.

When the show started, they raced back to the truck to throw off flip-flops and snuggle back into their blanket nest.  Somewhere between the begining of Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the end of Captain America – dad and I even got time to sneak in some hand holding…

We finished the long double-feature night by bundling the sleeping kids into their car seats and hanging our speakers back on the wooden posts.  As the tires crunched through the gravel out the drive, I smiled knowing the kids would be reliving drive-in memories for years just like me.

If you’re interested in finding a Drive-In Theater in your neck of the woods – you can search by state HERE. If you plan on heading to my very own Swingin’ Midway Drive-in, they even have a Facebook page with info on upcoming flicks.  Just remember – if you’re heading out to Carload Night, make sure to heed the following rule posted on their page:

*All vehicles are subject to random trunk search for SNEAK INS. SNEAK INS pay DOUBLE

Don’t be a sneak in!  :)

Tell me – what’s your favorite summer fun thing to do with your family?

10 Summer-Fun Ideas To Try At Home

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10 Summer Fun Ideas to Try at Home

Jamie here!  Having fun doesn’t have to cost money – or even require you to leave home.  In fact – some of my kids’ favorite things to do require only that I drop everything and dive into pretend play or poke holes in the lid of a mason jar.  Here is my list of 10 Summer Fun Ideas To Do In Your Yard – also check out the Top 10 Neighborhood Games you can play on summer evenings!

1.) Flashlight Tag.

The thrill of hide-n-seek lies in the fearfully giddy waiting period – while the seeker wanders about the yard yelling “GOTCHA” at the unlucky.  The thrill is heightened to a new level when done in the dark – with flashlights!  Grab some neighborhood kids to join in – and then sit back in your lawn chair with iced tea to supervise.

2.) Homemade Bubbles & Bubble-Makers.

 

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Make your own “Water Bombs” for the Pool with Sponges!

Make your own water bombs with sponges!

I saw this project on Pinterest a few weeks back and I ran out and bought several sponges and made them with the boys.  It was so easy and you would not BELIEVE how popular they were at the community pool!  All the kids loved them – and I sat on the edge of the pool tossing them back and forth with all the boys.  It got me wet – but hey, when it’s 100 degrees, getting wet is really not so bad is it? ;)

Photo courtesy of Make and Takes

You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Cut each sponge into 4 long strips and group them together in your hand.
  2. Fasten the middle with a rubber band very tightly so that the sponges fluff out all around it.
  3. Dunk in water – throw – enjoy!

For more water games – check out our post on 15 water games HERE!