Help!!! Need to pinch pennies???

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am a mom of 3 kids and now have custody of my 17 yr old brother while have to support us all on 1 income!! any advice on how to pinch pennies will help!!!

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Cleaver - posted on 01/29/2013

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i buy almost everything used except shoes (with exception to my 3mo ) ive even bought tea and coffee on places like kijiji and craigslist. when i need something i check second hand first(i for a new hand mixer for 5$ the cheapest ive found new is like 30$)
for food things like spaghetti usually pleases everyone (almost) isn't that expensive and can feed A LOT, i always look at things being liquidated.
oh and for presents i get as i can afford and as i see. (im not even sure if my son is invited to my sister's sister-in-law's daughter's birthday party (she was at my son's) and i saw hello kitty puzzles for just a couple dollars so i got 3 different ones, i also got a few for my own son lol.)

hope this helps!!

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Alina - posted on 02/01/2013

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I don't know if this will help or is what you are looking for, as we only have two children. But, we have lots of boys in our family, and my son is one of the youngest and receives great clothes from cousins. My daughter, I buy for, and I joined Children's Place to receive great discounts, and I shop when they have big sales. Most of the time you can use the discounts on the sales, too. If you have a Burlington's, they will have so much stuff on clearance. I get lots of stuff there for $1.98, $2.98, and good clothes, too! Also, I check Target's clearance racks on Tuesdays. One time I got my daughter 13 items of clothes and only paid $30! I let the hems out of pants, make some dresses into shirts, make pants into shorts. When the kids were babies, I made tshirts out of onesies. I grocery shop with coupons, not to stockpile, but for everyday use. I cook almost everything from scratch so that when we are low on groceries I still have something I can feed us. I love Kroger - they send coupons for their customers and I've gotten deodorant, toothpaste, granola bars, etc., for free. Some people criticize, but their 10 for $10 sales are awesome! I truly appreciate their fuel points rewards, too. We recently cut the cable off. It's actually been great! My mom raised the six of us on her own, and my dad did not pay child support, so I know it can be a struggle to budget. One question I have is - is there any developmental reason your brother cannot get a part-time job? Lots of kids his age have one, if they are able. Just a suggestion, not trying to tell you what to do :) When I was 15 I started working to help my mom with my siblings. If your brother can work and it won't interfere with school, he can find a job in retail and get discounts on clothes/shoes. Sure hope something helps. If I think of anything else I do, I will post again.

Amanda - posted on 01/30/2013

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Thanks Ashley Connors for your reply. my husbands income is 25,000 a year and mine from my death benefits I receive is 13,000. We have tried getting govenrment assistance but with both our incomes we make to much. we are stuck right now.. Our bills are piling up and its hard to weigh in the things we need everyweek like groceries, and pellets for our pellet stoves to heat the house. I have worked seasonal jobs to make extra money and save it but it doesnt help cause something always comes up..

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