Frugal: Being a Mom on a Budget

Mom on a Budget

It’s one thing to live on a tight budget when you’re in college. It’s just you and grilled cheese and tomato soup can go a long way.

But now you have a family and that budget has to stretch a whole lot further.

Here are some tips to help you stay on budget without scrimping on quality.

Fun with Your Kids

Not every family activity has to cost a fortune. While it is nice to splurge once in a while, here are some ideas to bring everyone together for some creative fun.

Scavenger Hunt: Everyone loves these and all it takes is a few trinkets hidden here and there to make it a Family Fun Day. Make some prizes to go along with the most booty collected and make sure to include your kids in the hiding and decision making of who wins what.

Outdoor Ornaments: This is a really cool activity for everyone. Pour some water into molds and add leaves and flowers. Throw it into the freezer and just as the water turns to slush, stick a straw into it so you can extract it from the mold. After it freezes solid, take it out of the mold and hang it in your trees and bushes with string.

Laundry DIY

This is a chore not many relish including us. And it seems like prices for things like softener and stain removers increase daily.

Try some of these ideas to see if they work for you.

Blood Stain Remover: Good old hydrogen peroxide. Just keep dabbing it on until the stain disappears.

Get Out the Grease: Remember Prell shampoo in that green bottle? This stuff is the best degreaser on the planet.

Fabric Softener: Skip the pricey Downy and make some yourself. Get some inexpensive fabric softener and mix one part softener with four parts water. Put this solution in a spray bottle and spray your clothes as you put them in the dryer. Even banishes static cling!

Cool Gift Baskets on a Budget

Everyone loves getting gift baskets and you can still make a splash even on a budget.

New Mom: Load things for Mom that she may not think about for herself. Some Chapstick, lotion and some bubble bath will go a long way to soothing frazzled nerves.

Big Teen Birthday: If your teen has just turned 16, put together a gift basket with lots of new car items like a key chain for her keys, an ice scraper if you live in colder climates and even a roll of quarters for the car wash.

Need More Storage?

Plastic containers come in all shapes and sizes and you can get 10 of them at the dollar store for $10. Put them in the cabinet under sinks, in linen closets and even in your sock drawer.

Save empty diaper wipe containers. Wash them out and use them for crayon and marker storage.

Does your dog have tons of toys? Toss them into an unused basket for safe keeping.

Frugal does not always equal cheap. Being a Mom on a budget means you get to be even more creative.

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