Reducing the costs when expanding your family

No one ever said that having a family would be easy. The pressures on the couple’s dynamics, as well as the financial situation, are intense, but there are things you can put in place for reducing the costs significantly.

  1. Meal planning

Desperately rooting around in your brain’s collection of recipes that your family likes as you’re walking up and down the supermarket aisles is not something any of us enjoy. So, why, then, do so many of us reach the shops utterly unprepared? Knowing what we are going to cook and when, reduces the number of products we purchase on a whim and are likely to throw away. Planning ahead takes a little time to get used to, but is definitely worth doing. The leaflets sent through your door, which often contain coupons, are useful to meal planning too.

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  1. Bulk cooking

As with meal planning, cooking in bulk for the freezer can help improve the organisation and financial situation within your family. Meat can often be bought in larger batches, so why not prepare two of the same meal at the same time? Put one in the freeze to enjoy in a month or so and eat the other that day.

bulk cooking

  1. Transport considerations

If your family is increasing in size, your vehicle may need to do the same. Seven-seater vehicles are easy to find but do make sure you shop around to ensure you get the best deal. Check out popular leasing choices if you are considering getting a new car for a fixed period of time. Alternatively, visit a local garage who offer second-hand cars at reasonable prices with set warranties.

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  1. Second-hand bargains

Facebook selling pages are becoming increasingly popular with buyers and sellers alike. They have no fees attached, so are a financially-sound alternative to a bidding site like eBay where generally the seller has to post the item and incurs a selling fee. Keeping an eye out for second-hand bundles is a great way to bag a bargain. Don’t forget to consider selling any clothes your children may have outgrown or items which you no longer use.

second-hand bargains

  1. Shop around for utilities

With the cost of energy increasing, it is important to ensure you have got yourself the best possible deal. There are many price comparison websites out there, which can support you to find the most appropriate package for your individual requirements. With an increase in the number of occupants in your property, you will be using more, so it’s important to reduce costs where you can.

energy saving

  1. Essentials, not luxuries

When there’s a little one on the way, it’s easy to get carried away with cute baby clothes and unnecessary nursery additions. Consider how much benefit the baby, and you will get from buying something that may only just sit on the shelf for a number of months. Sticking to purchases, which are necessities rather than luxuries, will reduce your pre-baby spending incredibly. Try to do the same once the baby is born. It is worth suggesting to family and friends that they buy gift cards, rather than clothing or toys, as then you are able to spend them whenever you are in need of something important.

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