If saving money is essential for your family but you are finding it hard to keep doing that, you need to look for new alternative ways to make it all that more enjoyable for the whole family. Especially for the pesky kids, who think us parents can just spend, spend, spend! Here are a few ideas you can work on together to increase your savings and have lots of fun in the process!
Have your own mini garden
One pleasant way how to save money on everyday essential stuff is to grow your own products! Creating a mini garden and growing your own fruit and vegetables with the whole family helps children understand where food comes from, what to eat to stay healthy and how to look after plants (the importance of water and sunshine). Let your children plant all kinds of vegetables or herbs they want to eat and watch them thrive under their care! Not only do you get to enjoy those extra tasty fresh vegetables for the whole summer, help your kids learn new things and save some money, you can actually relax and forget about your troubles. Many people say that working in a garden makes them more relaxed and relieves tension.
Start using coupons
Couponing is also a nice way to save money and still have lots of fun! How? You can either look out for coupons in magazines or local newspapers then head directly to your local store and start saving or alternatively you can shop online in the convenience and comfort of your own home! For instance, with one Horchow coupon you will be able to enjoy a 20% off discount for all items on the whole website! So see how much you can save just with a few clicks online and have a blast while shopping, then you have more money for the other important essentials in life (like cake and wine!).
Put aside coins or small notes
Any spare change you have (we usually find the back of the sofa a good place to start!) stash in a moneybox and start saving for a rainy day.
Any money you do not think you will miss keep adding it to your savings collection, if you break into a note put the remaining change into a moneybox. Before you know it will start to quickly accumulate. If you can cut out an expensive habit like eating takeaways, put any additional savings into your new nest egg!
Make everyone pay for bad habits
This tip is my favourite it will not only help the whole family save some cash but hopefully encourage everyone to behave a bit better! For example, if someone in the family swears a lot, make a “Coin for a bad word” jar. Then make every member of the family put money in it every time someone swears. You can play with it in other ways too. Take a jar and label it with that bad habit you think your family need to work the most with. It can be eating junk food, drinking too much pop or not remembering your manners. Hopefully you will see an improvement in that behaviour (or hopefully it eliminated all together!) and in the meantime whilst it is ironed out you will have a tidy little pile of cash to add to your family savings.