Money Saving Suggetions for Single Mom's Single Income?

Hope - posted on 10/09/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Over the years I have always heard other mothers say that buying in bulk and buying on line are always the best ways to go. For it is a large money saver plus either no trips to the store or less which is always a plus with an infant or toddler.
At the time I had no children so the details were pointless. Now I am the mother to a four month old and his only supporting parent.
So does any one have any money saving tips on where to buy the necessities? And if on line do you know of any sites that seem to have better rates than others?
Also as he is getting older are their any tips for money saving with toddlers?

Thanks in advance for your answers =)
Hope

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Jayne - posted on 09/30/2013

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buy all your toiletries at a discount store and laundry things, been single mom for 9 years and just discovered this, i also buy from discount store or second hand shops, then i can use the money if i need a good outfit or just save it. buy only in season fruit. Also make a budget. Do a bit of ironing for someone for some cash.Make a list of what you need for the season as in clothing and work out where to get it and make do. Be sure to get your hair done for yourself and put away weekly some small cash it makes you feel better you need that its your wage for being a mom and carer, you need to pay yourself too.You will be find stay positive.

Tia - posted on 10/02/2012

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Yes! First of all don't buy name brand diapers,but don't buy Luvs.I used to use luvs on my son,and they always fell apart.So,then I switched to Huggies,and they worked great,but cost $40-45 a box.Then I started using Parents choice diapers for about half the price of Huggies,and they work great.Besides,why buy expensive diapers,just for your child to poop in.Next,go to Good Will Salvation Army and yard sales for baby clothes.Sometimes they don't have much,but I did find a lot of decent stuff after I kept going on a regular.I even found some stuff with tags still on it.When your child starts eating table food,make sure you cook at home most days.Let your child eat what you eat,this way you can save money.If you don't have wic already,apply for that.Lastly,check Craigslist for baby clothes,toys and books.



If you see something you want,meet up with the person in a public place.Do not go to anyones house to buy anything,no matter how nice they and the goods might seem.I forgot to mention coupons too.Sign up to be on coupon mailing list so they can send you coupons,and sign up for retaurants birthday club.On my birthday,I got two free meals.They also do free meals on kids birthdays too!It may not seem like much,but those two meals I got was more than my family got me.No one seems to care about birthdays much when you get to be an adult.It sucks!

Vanessa - posted on 10/10/2010

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buy some clothes on ebay....

a lot of ppl sell bulk (10-15 items .. jump suits/body suits etc) ... a lot of the clothes r still brand new with tags ... then when u wanna buy new clothes u can get a few really nice outfits ... and its very cheap.

same goes for bulk toys etc etc ....everything. ebay has everything....

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Stephanie - posted on 11/06/2010

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2nd hand stuff is great, ebay, charity shops or car boot sales. I had some great toys for my daughter really cheap, just make sure you give them a good clean, plastic toys can easily be wiped down with disinfectant. Also for clothes buy next years clothes in the sale. Buy next years summer clothes in the sales now. For nappies and wipes, join baby clubs, and get your vouchers.

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2010

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oh another great site is freecycle.org. Everything on there is free. I have received many good things from there, as well as given away some good things too. This site was a life saver when my son was smaller, I was able to get him some toys and clothes and such.

Hope these help. :D

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2010

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Frugalgirls.com
gives you great sites for freebies, coupons for places you go to all the time, how to pay less at places live CVS and Walgreens or the grocery store

http://www.betterbudgeting.com/frugalrec...
Has some really delicious recipes that don't cost much at all to make! I've made a few of them myself for me & my son and it's great!

thredup.com is good as well as half.com.
you can buy dvd's, cd's & some games very cheap-something to think of as you lil one gets older.

Pia - posted on 10/21/2010

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The best money saver I have found is http://TradingCradles.com they are a newer site but seem to have lots of good finds for gently used things. You can also sell all your outgrown stuff for free. Its such a wonderful site and so easy and fast to use. I have sold quite a few things and purchased some nice stuff there.



They are also having a Halloween Costume Contest that could win you a $50 gift card...

http://tradingcradles.com/HalloweenConte...

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well, my money saving tip is coupons! for everything. i dont shop online for his stuff because really shipping can bite you in the butt. and i have learned that something i bought from a store online then been in the store an saw the item was 10$ cheaper in the store than they advertised online. my son is 13mnths and i clip coupons for his diapers, wipes ect. also stores like walmart, and sams club really are the cheapest when it comes to baby needs. i wish i had more money saving tips. but so far mine has helped me make it thru the mnth with out having to ask for help from anyone. i hope someone else will also respond an have other idea's! good Luck! its so hard to save now a days. everything seems to cost a fortune!

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