Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tips to Manage the Price Tag of Parenthood

Becoming a parent completely changes every aspect of your prior life. Along with the great joy that children bring to your life, there also comes a hefty price tag associated with raising children. Whether they need clothes, shoes, or school supplies the expenses can become overwhelming, especially when you have a big family. The need for these life necessities can some times catch you at the worst financial moment. Luckily, with a little planning ahead these expensive situations can become less stressful and less of a hassle.

Buying Clothes
After being a mother for a while, I soon realized how quickly children out grow their clothes. The clothes are often barely worn and left in great condition. If you are lucky, then you may have a younger child to pass these cloths down to but if not there is another option. It is often an easy way to make a little extra money by having a garage sale. Children's clothes that are in good condition usually sell very quickly and you can make at least some of your money back.

A good budget saving strategy that I have found is to buy clothes out of season. When you buy the cloths out of season just get them a couple sizes bigger for a little grow room. Often, these out of season clothes can be picked up for shockingly cheap prices. Stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart often have their out of season clothes marked down to as little as 1 or 2 dollars. I have even been able to pick some clothes up from these stores for as little as 50 cents.

Buying Shoes
Children grow out of shoes very quickly and it can be quite surprising at the price tag on most children's shoes. I have learned to look for sales that advertise for buy one get one half off or other sales along those lines. This is especially great if you have more than one kids. If you see one of these sales but your child does not need shoes at that exact moment, buy them a couple sizes bigger so you have them at a cheap price for when you do need them.

Buying School Supplies
Even before my children started school, I already begun picking up some school supplies. You will never find school supplies cheaper than at back to school sales. It is easy to stock up on paper, crayons, colored pencils, and other items along those lines. They do not expire so they will be there when your children do start school.

Even though children can be quite expensive to raise, there are many things you can do to ease the cost of their hefty price tag. Planning ahead can be extremely beneficial in the long run.

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