Saturday, February 27, 2010
Money is tight for most now, and it can get even tighter with the extra expense of being a parent. This article from Parenting.com has great tips for the parents looking to get the most bang for their buck. Here's some of our favorites:
lose brand loyalty. You can save 40 percent with generic over-the-counter drugs. Active ingredients are usually the same (check to be sure).
Say hello to hand-me-downs.
Round up a couple of other moms with kids the same gender as yours but different ages, and host a twice-a-year clothes swap.
Read the fine print. To lower monthly bills, home in on cell and cable charges. Scrutinize both bills for services you don't use and cancel 'em.
Troll for discounts. Before you buy online, check Currentcodes.com to see if the website has discount codes posted. And if you receive a gift card that doesn't thrill you, swap it at certificateswap.com or swapagift.com.
Check it out. Take tots to the library to borrow books instead of buying them. (While you're there, ask about any free toddler programs.) Or check websites like Amazon .com or Strandbooks.com for new books at a discount.