I am running theme days on my group and today is Thrifty Thursday. We all need to safe money – well, everybody I know in anyway. Our whole country is in trouble and I can’t think of anybody (except our president) that can just spend without thinking about the consequences.
Some of my money saving ideas that is really working includes:
- Charity Shops! We buy most of the children’s toys second hand. My children (and I’m sure so are yours) are hard on toys. Just yesterday I found Sky’s Barbie with a broken wing. I decided that I will not spend money on new toys anymore. The charity shops have amazing deals and it gives me the freedom to buy more often as they become bored with the toys within days, if not hours.
- Store Cash Back Cards. I have a card for most shops I buy at. From Spar, PnP to Peps. They all have cards and they all have special offers and deals. On average I get back around R1000 a month on all the different shops as I belong to Vitality as well.
- If it ain’t broken…. Yes we still have an old box television. Yes we still have an old dstv decoder. Yes we have lots of things that can do with an upgrade. But it’s not broken. And until it breaks, we will not replace it, no matter if we look old fashion / not keeping up with the Jones…
- Buy in bulk. Things we use a lot, we buy in bulk. It just works out so much cheaper.
- Buy when on special. If you see something on special buy a lot and keep it. If it’s meat, I just freeze them in freezer bags and take out what I need at a time
- Use your contacts. I have friends that works in different areas. My one friend gets me meat cheaper from her work. My family works in the DIY field so I get discount on all DIY products, etc.
- Exchange between friends / contacts. I do photoshoots in exchange for my hair being done / cupcakes / my garbage being removed / courier services etc. It works.
- Sell those unwanted stuff. We all have houses filled with things we don’t use or need. Sell it and buy something you do need.
- Grow your own vegetables. With the price of vegetables it just makes sense. If you don’t have a garden, there are some amazing options that you can do in pots.
- Recycle. I homeschool my children and not one bottle, cap, tray gets thrown away. They all become wind chimes, trays to paint on, shakers and more. The possibilities are endless. I let them use their imagination and let them color it, fill it and in Abby’s case – bite it.