Who said raising a child was easy? There are sleepless nights, hidden expenses, and a lot of stress involved when raising a child. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult trying to raise a child when you’re trying to live frugally. Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways to save money on raising a child, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make compromises. So without further ado, here are a couple of fantastic ways to raise children on a budget without making them live cheaply.
It is possible to save money as you raise your kids? Yes, with tips like the ones below. Pexels, CC0 License.
Don’t be ashamed of buying used
One of the biggest costs when raising a child is purchasing things such as clothing and toys. Don’t be afraid of buying used or receiving hand-me-downs from other family members and friends.
Garage sales are also an excellent source of fantastic items for a low price. If you’re worried about hygiene then this might not be an option for you. However, washing them in a hot cycle with a good detergent will remove almost all of the bacteria and germs and make it clean and fresh for your child to use.
Purchase multi-purpose items
This is especially important if you have multiple children. Instead of buying two single beds, purchase a bunk bed. Instead of getting two computers, get a single one for your children to share.
Instead of buying a double stroller, invest in a sit and stand one. WiseMamma has plenty of additional advice on sit and stand strollers, and it’s the perfect example of a multi-use product that will save you a lot of money in the future, especially since it’s going to be useless once your children grow older enough.
Flexible working hours
Do you remember being five or six years old, and daydreaming about climbing mountains or heading into space as an astronaut? That free spirit you once had is probably dampened down by life, responsibilities and stress. However, you can probably now see that same free spirit in your children.
They believe in magic and fairies and the ability to have wishes come true on stars and eyelashes. It’s easy to be jealous of their unwavering faith in everything beautiful in the world when you’re an adult. When you are working full-time and raising a family as well as keeping a house, finding time to feel anything but exhausted is difficult. Children are resilient creatures, but they’re also little sponges. So, if they see you are struggling for any reasons, they will pick up on it and your behaviours get mirrored.
Ways to inspire your kids as a parent. Watch for smiles like this one! Pexels, CC0 License.
Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if we still saw it for its wonder in the way that children do? The thing is, this is still possible. The world is a better place when we encourage our children to keep seeing the world the way it always has been; beautiful and magical. You want to be able to inspire your children to keep seeing things as real as possible, but see the beauty in it all.
Inspiring your children is so much more than the décor in their bedrooms. It’s more than the Hamilton Selway artwork that you commission for the home, full of inspiring quotes to fill their day. Children are passionate people, just like adults are, but they have the advantage in that they have the time to change the world where grown-ups are simply running out! If you are a parent that is struggling to find ways to nurture and inspire your children, then you’ll love these four helpful ways to keep your children seeing stars in your eyes.
This girl blows on a dandelion and makes a wish. Let’s help her dream to come true! By Pero l (Own work) (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons.
- Children need a role model. As a parent, you are the natural person that they will look up to and emulate. Your moods become their moods. Your anxieties become their anxieties. Children need to have a role model they can feel inspiration from and as a parent, it’s up to you to encourage them to dream as big as possible. If they see you living your life as the great adventure that it is, they will live their lives in the same way. It’s good for children to witness their parents working; seeing you achieve will encourage the same behavior in life.