Saving ideas for a big family?

Donna - posted on 09/22/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone i am a 20 year old mother of 3 children under the age of 6 and a wife to my loving husband... Im trying to find ideas and tips to save money.
we are currently next month will be trying for baby number 4 and i would love to start saving now..... My husband is a self employed contractor with his dad and makes prob about $200 to $500 a month and i am a Photographer that more less doesnt make that much right now because i have just started but i have saved $75 already lol.... i am currently on ODSP....
I am trying to get a Budget plan going but kinda hard when i dont have bunch tips or help on trying to save....

What are ways we can save our money and make sure we stiill have everything we need?

Thanks

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Renae - posted on 10/04/2011

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look for couponing and saving websites such as "Krazy Coupon Lady" or "The Thrifty Couple" for ideas and links to good deals on things like diapers and groceries. I am expecting our 7th in Feb and find them a great help. I would also recommend you always try to live within your means and not buy things on credit- you can get into a lot of trouble fast that way! I don't know how you are making it on the amounts you listed (we spend that much on groceries and gas every month!) so you must be doing some things right already.

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Audra - posted on 11/09/2011

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Find a good bread recipe and try it. I use bread for grilled cheese and peanut butter sandwiches, french toast, eggs on bread...I buy enough bread from the store that even at a good price, it adds up quickly.

Donna - posted on 10/04/2011

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Thank you Wow 7 eh :) awwww congrats.... Yea thats only from his dad... he mostly gets $100 to $200 a month.... But my ODSP is 1300.00 witch is better then what i was on.... :) im trying my best to save every money i get from my photography i now have $100 saved :) but alot more to go :) i have no idea what my goal is for saving but mostly to get around after i get pregnant.....

Donna - posted on 09/23/2011

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That sounds like a good idea :)....

The one problem i have with food is that i can't cook in my oven..... ( Anxity Problems) i have alot of stuff i can not do that i am slowly trying to get over.

Tamara - posted on 09/23/2011

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One thing that has helped us alot is buying from the bulk bins they have pastas, flours, sugars, beans, cereals, candy, you only buy what you need. we also use a lot of chicken breasts Grill it then add it to salads, rice like fried rice or noodles with a diced tomato and olives, be creative.

for cleaning water and vinigar clean just about everything. We get the big bottle of dawn its a little more then the generic but you end up using much less so it actually saves in the long run.

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