Kids are cute, but man they are expensive. From endless packages of diapers and sippy cups galore for the little ones to clothing, shoes, food, and snacks for big kids, you are probably spending a significant amount of money every month. Of course, this does not include the products that your entire household uses like health and beauty items, light bulbs, batteries and more. Read on for 3 easy ways to save money on the things you buy all the time.
3 Easy Ways to Save Money
If you feel like your spending is controlling you, instead of the other way around, it is probably time to figure out some easy ways to save money on the stuff you buy all of the time. Fortunately, there are a number of effective and relatively easy ways to do this. Here are a few:
Acquaint yourself with the sales cycles
Did you ever notice that your kids’ fave cereal goes on sale on a pretty regular basis? As The Balance notes, almost everything in the grocery store follows a six-week sales cycle — this means that if the Cheerios are $2 a box today, they will probably be on sale again in a month and a half. By stocking up on enough sale Cheerios to last your family six weeks, you can end up saving big bucks over time. In addition to cereal, try this approach for everything that is on a good sale —in some cases, you might only need an extra jar or mayo or box of light bulbs, so you don’t need a ton of storage space to make this tip work.
Find the hidden deals at your fave online stores
If you like buying clothing, household items, and toys online, it’s a good idea to check each e-commerce site for their latest deals and how to find them. Some retailers will have an entire section devoted to coupons codes and savings policies. While your favorite stores might not send coupons too often, it is a good idea to get on their email list to receive additional savings when they are available.
You might have seen those “extreme” coupon shows where people claim to save 99 percent at the supermarket. While these programs can be entertaining, they may make you feel like you will never achieve this same level of savings success. But as Money Crashers notes, you don’t have to be a coupon fanatic to save money at the store. Instead, take baby steps and set small goals for yourself and watch the savings add up. Check out sites like Coupons.com and print out the coupons that you need or save them to your smartphone. You can also purchase the Sunday newspaper — many dollar stores carry them for just a buck — and check out the inserts that you clip out with scissors. Treat yourself to a small coupon holder that you can keep in your purse at all times; this way you won’t forget to bring the coupons with you to the store.
Over time, the savings will add up
Learning how to save money on the products you buy all of the time can be fun and even a bit addicting — once you get the hang of sales cycles, online deals and coupons, watch for other ways that you can lower your grocery and other bills. In no time, you’ll be a pro at spending less on your fave products, which will leave money in the budget for well-deserved treats like a nice meal out or a mini-vacation.