As single parent what is the best way to save money with 3 children

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Emily - posted on 02/11/2009

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Definitely budget.  Make sure your covering all your basics plus a little bit for saving for an emergency.  When you need to grocery shop, sit down and meal plan, write a list and stick to it (I couldn't believe how much I saved when I started doing this!).  Cut coupons and use them religiously.  Use flyers to your advantage and price compare everything.  Also, buying store brand as opposed to name brand items (and this goes for everything, not just food) will help keep money in your pocket.



Second hand clothing that's in reasonable condition will help too.  Maybe try to buy clothing that's a bit too big for your child and roll cuffs and hem pants so that they can be let down later on.

Lissa - posted on 02/11/2009

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My church is a pick-up site for Angelfood ministry. The food is very good and you can feed a family of 4 for a week for very little money. And anyone can take part in the program! There are no income limitations. I love it!

Ashlee - posted on 02/10/2009

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Always ask yourself these 3 questions. 1. Do I really need this? 2. Is it going to improve my life? 3. How will it benifit my family. That 1.65 on your morning coffee adds up real quick exspecially if u drink 4 or 5 a day, that morning newspaper, cancel- u have the net simple lil' things and with all that coffee money in 1 year me and my 3 children went to disney with almost 6,000. Soon enough ur frinds will be calling u a penny pincher but u'll always have money in your account. Trust in this it helps.

Bisa - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:



Quoting Bisa:

angelfoodministy.com check them out in your area.






I've read all about them and that project sounds awesome.  It reminded me to add that any one can check out their local extension office, usually you can find them through the health department.  Some of them participate in the Share program.






It's an awesome program.  I am a single mom of one and the meat can basically last all month long...so I have to do is buy more veggies and some extras ( I save a bundle!).  Its a life saver...for those really tight months. 

Marie - posted on 02/09/2009

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All of the previous posts are awesome. The thrift shops, clothing swaps and Consignment Resale shops really help to save a lot of money. Google for types of Consignment sales that occur seasonally and you can also attempt to sell your used stuff there (also at the resale shops sell to them as well). Check if you have a "Once Upon a Child" or Kid to Kid in your area.. also "Plato's Closet" for the older kids.

Erin - posted on 02/09/2009

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If you buy any stuff for your family online - run it through BigCrumbs first. You get paid rebates on it that way.
This might sound too good to be true, especially because it's FREE and easy, but I encourage you to give it a chance. I made back a few bucks last month, but it was a few bucks that I didn't have before!!!
If you want to check it out, please use the link below so I get credit for it! :)

http://www.bigcrumbs.com/crumbs/frontpag...

Bisa - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:



Quoting Bisa:

angelfoodministy.com check them out in your area.






I've read all about them and that project sounds awesome.  It reminded me to add that any one can check out their local extension office, usually you can find them through the health department.  Some of them participate in the Share program.






It's an awesome program.  I am a single mom of one and the meat can basically last all month long...so I have to do is buy more veggies and some extras ( I save a bundle!).  Its a life saver...for those really tight months. 

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Bisa:

angelfoodministy.com check them out in your area.



I've read all about them and that project sounds awesome.  It reminded me to add that any one can check out their local extension office, usually you can find them through the health department.  Some of them participate in the Share program.

Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2009

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We are currentlt cutting coupons and using them. I shop the grocery ads and watch for double-coupon days, I thrift for clothes but not shoes, we limit eating out to every other week, we pack lunches using left-overs and thermoses for all of us, a $4 frozen pizza is a heck of a lot cheaper than delivery(and faster, too), lucky for me, my children have narrow or wide feet, so we buy their shoes at the Stride Rire outlet-no fussing over whatever shoe is the current fad, go to the library to borrow books and movies-no rental fee!!!, try freecycle.org in your area for things you need that you don't need brand new, check out the store food pantry if you have too, but give back when you don't need to.



One of the things I found out from a co-worker was that she knew a resident who was a bread vendor and when he had too much stoke, he placed all of it on his front porch for any resident to pick up. SHe picks up bread for shut-ins and delivers it, so occassionally she brings me a loaf at work, plus soem treats for the kids. He writes it off as a loss.

Joanna - posted on 02/08/2009

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I am not a single mom, but having 5 kids and hubby who is NYPD cop (=not making too much money) we had to make super adjustments to our spending habits - coupons and buying items on sale ( i registered with several websites and now they send me coupons on regular basis), cheap entertainment (movie nights at home, bronx zoo membership that allows us all to go for free numerous times, teens activities in the library and schools), clothes "swaps" with friends....
Good luck!

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