Being a mom is tough work. You’re constantly juggling so many demands and expenses. Most people would jump at the chance to cut their expenses, but figuring out where to start can be overwhelming since it takes time and planning.
Holly Syx, founder of iGoBOGO, joined us along with Birmingham Mommy last week at Earth Fare for our Couponing for Moms event. She shared her secrets on how to save money on baby products, meal planning, building a stockpile and more.
Here are six of her tips:
- Keep an eye out. Check mailings and websites for sales and coupons every week. Once you’re familiar with the process, you’ll start to see a cycle, which can help save money on the items you need now and stockpile items.
- Record prices. It’s hard to keep up with all the different prices at various stores from multiple shopping trips. Although it might seem tedious at first, recording great sales, savings and prices in a price charter or price book will be an invaluable resource for the future.
- Make a plan. Go through coupons, sales flyers, your pantry and recipes to make a meal plan each week. Try to utilize the coupons you have and current sales as much as possible.
- Freeze meals. Have coupons or see sales for ingredients to make your family’s favorite casserole? Get extra of what you need, then devote just 30 minutes to an hour to make and freeze an extra meal. Disposable aluminum pans are great for freezing all kinds of meals.
- Starting from scratch. If you don’t already have a stockpile, start with a meal plan. Peruse recipes to find meals your family will enjoy, then make a grocery list of bulk items, like meat. Look for coupons for everything else that can’t be bought in bulk.
- Get the most from your money on baby gear. Cloth diapers can translate into huge savings. Find the brand that suits you and your baby best, then buy microfiber strips at wholesale stores, like Costco, to place inside the diapers for extra absorbency. If you do use disposable diapers, always be on the lookout for coupons and sales at wholesale stores and stock up when you can.
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