The more kids you have, the higher your weekly grocery bill is likely to be. And if you have extended family living with you, such as grandparents, there are even more mouths to feed!
Whether you have chosen to have a large family or not, we have some great budgeting hacks for you. Read on to see how you can save money on everyday essentials, household costs, and more.
Look Out for Coupons and Deals
Become a coupon King or Queen and slash the cost of your grocery bill. Coupons and deals are a quick and easy way to pick up essentials for less and an easy way to save money. Big brands routinely issue coupons and deal codes. Many appear on discount sites, but you’ll need to be quick to take advantage of them. Become a member of extreme coupon forums and monitor social media pages where people post about the latest deals.
Buy In Bulk
Big families tend to go through much larger quantities of everyday essentials like cereal, bread, washing powder, and more. If you can afford to buy products in bulk – and you have storage space – it’s worth doing this. Buying anything in larger quantities usually attracts a discount. The more you buy, the more you save.
Look for deals on dried goods such as pasta, rice, and cereal, all of which will keep for months. The same goes for canned goods, which last for years when stored in a dry place.
Look in supermarkets for larger quantities and bags of goods like pasta. There will also be bulk-buy deals online.
Subscribe & Save
Online stores like Amazon offer great discounts if you subscribe to products. All you need to do is select how often you want a delivery and the store will do the rest. Discounts vary but expect to save around 5-10% on products when you sign up for a regular subscription. This is a great way to save money on products you use every month without fail, such as toilet roll or laundry detergent.
Once you have store cupboards full of essentials, like tinned tomatoes, pasta, ground beef, and more, start batch cooking to fill your freezer with healthy home-cooked meals.
Home cooking is always cheaper than buying ready-made foods like pizza or frozen meals. Many family favorites begin with the same ingredients. For example, if you cook onions, garlic, ground beef, and canned tomatoes, you can use this as a base to create spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, cottage pie, chili, and a load of other tasty dishes.
Buy basic ingredients and spend a weekend batch cooking. This gives you a broad selection of go-to meals for nights when everyone is fed up and you can’t be bothered to cook.
Save Money on Travel
Taking a large family on vacation is hugely expensive. This is why parents with three or more kids often skip a family vacation in favor of a week spent at home. The good news is that you can still go on vacation if you follow these tips.
Don’t fly anywhere – Flying is one of the most expensive ways to travel. The more kids you have, the more prohibitively expensive it will be for you all to get away. If you do need to travel out of state, drive. Even if you need to hire a car, it’s still going to work out much cheaper.
Look for discounts on attractions, coupons for restaurants, and saver deals on hotels and motels booked in advance.
And if you really want to save money, go camping for a few days. A tech detox will do you all the world of good.
Big families are expensive to keep, but these tips should make it a bit more affordable.