May Contain Affiliate Links
Deciding you would like another baby can be an extremely exciting time for your family. You and your partner may be excited about the prospect of another child. Your other children may be Jumping for joy when expecting another sibling to play with and cuddle, and overall it can be a great thing for your family. But, on the flip side and perhaps more practical side of things, there is always going to be an impact on your financial situation. So while it is inevitable that your bills might rise, how do you spend less? I wanted to share with you some of the ways you could do it.
Planning is everything
Planning can be your secret weapon. It can be more useful than ever before when it comes to adding to your family as there may be an increase in things like your food shopping or your clothing purchases. Meal planning and writing lists can be a great way to save on that big food shop bill each month, even if you are eventually buying more things. As well as using coupons and vouchers while shopping, which works for other purchases like electrical items and clothes.
Shopping around for deals
It may become apparent that you might need to make some big purchases to accommodate the extra member of your family and a car purchase could be on the horizon. So make sure you shop around for the best deal. If you require a loan, use websites like Auto.loan to help you work out monthly budgets and costs. Shopping around for deals can help in other ways to give you reduction on your bills, such as energy providers and insurance policies.
Investing instead of moving
The Size of your home can be a deciding factor when it comes to having another baby, so moving might become a possibility. But there is added stress and costs that are involved in that, so instead why not invest in your current home? Adding on create more space as well as converting areas in your home that perhaps are not used to their full potential such as a garage, a loft space or a basement. It could make all the difference and might work out cheaper than moving.
Digging out all of the old baby items
Did you save any baby items from previous children? Now is the time to unpack it. This can help you figure out what you need to buy for the new baby. Just saving items from your older child can end up saving you a lot of money.
Being frugal with purchases
Finally, you may find that you do need to make some purchases when it comes to your new addition, so try and be a little more frugal with it. Ebay is a great place for unwanted items that are still in good condition. People pick up second hand strollers all of the time. Local Facebook selling pages often have great deals, as well as yard sales and your local second hand shop.
I hope that this helps you to spend less when adding to your family.