Becoming a parent is not an inexpensive endeavor. And, here's the kicker: babies are cheap. Children are expensive. And we mean expensive.
The more children you have the more you'll be pinching your pennies and trying to do the very best not to go broke in the midst of parenthood. It's difficult to catch a break financially, considering all of the products out there now a days. But, it's possible to be strategic in every-day life with more than one child.
Read bellow as we have collected 10 great tricks to save money when you have more than one child. We can't promise you it will be easy, but we are sure these will inspire you to think of even more realistic and practical money sense tricks.
10 PASS DOWN CLOTHING
This seems to be a no-brainer; however, many parents are still uneasy about dressing their boys in pink and girls in blue. We encourage parents to either purchase clothing that is "gender neutral" or forget the stigma against boys in dresses and princess decals on their t-shirts. As long as the child is happy and the parent is saving money by passing on the clothes that their sibling wore, no matter their gender, we say "good idea!"
9 USE THE SAME CAR SEAT
Car seats all have expiry dates on them. Some parents don't even bother searching the dates in which the car seat expires. We encourage you to save the car seats until the date that they are no longer legal to use. Before you decide to throw away the car seat or sell it to someone else in need, keep in until it's no good.
8 PURCHASE CONVERTIBLE STROLLER
Strollers are their own market, now. From the hundreds to the thousands of dollars that you are able to spend on a stroller, you might as well look at the amount of option you truly do have! Strollers can now convert into double strollers.
So, you no longer need to purchase two different strollers for two different occasions- and by "occasions" we mean moods. Of course your toddler will have days where they will want to walk and refuses to keep strapped in. So, boom! Collapse that double stroller into a single for the baby to be pushed and toddler to toddle behind.
7 MAKE THE SAME LUNCH
This idea may be difficult if you have picky eaters. But, it can be a huge money-saver to buy foods in bulk and prepare in bulk. It is important to keep consistent when it comes to meal time- especially for those picky children. Encourage them to keep an open mind, since Mom and/or Dad could save some money if they prepare the same meal for each person.
6 ALWAYS CHECK SALE SECTIONS
Most clothing departments have a sale section in the back of the store/boutique. Often, you will find multiples of the same style. If you need to purchase new (we highly suggest vintage or pre-owned for environmental reasons), you can usually find the same style from the same season in different sizing. This is a trick that you can play when you have more than one child and are on a budget.
5 ASK CHILDCARE FOR DISCOUNT
Often, childcare is an expense that most of us dread. Sometimes, we feel as though we are simply working to afford childcare. That is ok, of course; especially if that is the best decision for your family. Because, every family is different and every individual has different needs. So, if you have chosen to put more than one child in daycare or private care, ask the manager or employee if they offer a discount considering you're paying for more than one kid.
4 SIGN UP FOR THE SAME SPORT/LESSON
Similarly to the previous note, if you are putting your children in the same activity or camp, it is more than appropriate to ask for a discount. You are the customer and you are providing the business with revenue. Often, if you have more than one child in an activity they will allow a bit of a financial break.
3 ASK CARETAKER TO WATCH MORE THAN 1
It is hard to juggle more than one child at a time. We know. But, if you are able to hire a babysitter or loved one to watch more than one child for a date-night out, then by all means!
It's important to ensure your caretaker is comfortable with watching more than one child, especially if the children and/or child is young. But, it will save you time and money in the long run.
2 RE-USE TOYS
Of course this seems like an obvious statement; however, every year something new comes out. Just as fast as information changes for parents year to year, a new toy, and new advancement in technology seems to push more product on our children. So, keep in mind that often less is more. Age permitting, they won't know the difference from a fake land-line telephone to toy cellphone. Some children may even think older toys are "cooler" than the new stuff. It's "vintage," right?
1 PURCHASE APOTHECARY IN BULK
Bulk buying is always a great idea in order to save money, time and lower your carbon-foot print for an array of reasons. But, when you are a parent to multiple, it's a great idea to save money by buying bubble baths, creams and shampoos in bulk. We highly suggest bringing a mason jar or Tupperware to recycle the containers you once used. Either way, the expansion of bulk items are becoming very saturated. It won't be difficult to find incredible brands in bulk for convenience and money saving.