Tips For Raising A Big Family On A Budget

by Emma W.R. on October 21, 2015

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Whether economic times are good or bad, it certainly can be stressful and tough to provide for one’s family, especially one that is quite large.  When money is a concern, there are ways to stretch that dollar to get the most out of it that you can:

PURCHASE ITEMS IN BULK – Frequent retailers—“warehouse” places such as Costco or BJ’s–that specialize in selling items by the case and in large quantities.
COUPONS – Check your weekend newspaper the day coupons flyers are included to help save money.  Using coupons for items you don’t need at that moment but will definitely use later on will help to save in the long run.
EAT AT HOME – Sure, it’s great to have a nice meal out—even if it’s at a fast-food place. But that can get quite expensive.  Purchasing food at your supermarket wisely and, most importantly, refrigerating any leftovers, will definitely cut down on that food bill.   
LOOK FOR SALES – Why pay wholesale?  Stores love it when people pay top dollar for things that are at regular price.  Only buy what you know you will use and make sure you get it at a reduced price.
CHARITABLE HELP – If things get really tough, don’t be afraid to contact your local Salvation Army or a similar organization for clothing and other necessities that can be acquired at a fraction of the cost from the price at a store.  There is no shame in this, as these organizations exist for that very purpose.
BE CONSCIOUS OF AN ITEM’S UNIT PRICE – Comparing pricing between store brands and name brands, by checking the price tag that is on the shelf just below or above an item to see if the value is really worth it for that item.  In most cases, a consumer may end up paying extra for a brand name or special packaging that has nothing to do with the item itself.  

Above all, be smart.  Do your homework beforehand and become knowledgeable about sales and the like; your family’s budget will go a lot further and you’ll be happier for it.

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Marian December 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

coupons and bulk are my biggest tip too! i cut little costs whenever i can and eventually it adds up.

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JoMarie December 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

I grew up in a large family and I can honestly say that all though we didn’t have much, we were happy bc we always planned inexpensive trips where we bonded lots!

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Alexa December 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Love my big family to pieces but it can get very expensive! These tips are great!

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Annabelle December 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Hand me downs are always appreciated.

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Amy November 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Budgeting is key! Groupons are a great way to have a special day out.

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Avril November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

I didn’t think of that, I never really look at groupons.

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Bentley F October 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Bulk items for sure, Groupons to go out, and coupons for everyday living. Also at the big box stores you can purchase gift cards for discount prices.

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CHRISTOPHER October 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I love all of those ideas. I am always cutting coupons and looking for sales. With 4 kids and 2 of which are babies its costly. I was very humbled when I had got baby clothes for my babies. They came in handy and now I am trying to find a way to give them away to other families that may be in need. Its all about budgeting

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Amanda November 13, 2015 at 11:09 am

I think its great that you are thinking of helping others as well. I’m sure they will appreciate it.

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