Money saving is important to me. I actually see it as an additional income stream in my portfolio career because keeping costs down is one of the ways I contribute to the family budget. Some of things I do take a bit of time, eBaying for example. They are worth it because they leave us with more money for the fun stuff. So here’s a round up of the things I did to save money in January.
Bought the Children Clothes in the sales
I try to buy as many of the kid’s clothes as I can in the sales. I reckon I’ve saved a fortune over the years. Most of what I’ve bought this year came from Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s. If your children are a bit younger then I highly recommend the Mothercare sale. They get a whole new range in for each season so the sale is huge. I’ve bought everything from “fancy” clothes to basics like jogging bottoms, leggings and plain T-Shirts as well as shoes, wellies and swimwear.
I have a system now to make sure that I things don’t get shoved to the bottom of the draw and forgotten about until they’re out grown (which has happened a few times in the past). I separate the clothes by child and age and then put them in a carrier bag with the child’s name and the age of clothes. When I buy more things I add them to the right carrier bag or create a new one. When the child seems to be outgrowing their current clothes I get out the next size up.
Booked my Service and MOT in the January Sale
We have a Formula 1 Autocentre near us and every year they run a January sale where you can book your MOT and service as much as six months in advance at a lower than normal rate. I’m signed up for their emails so I just look out for it in January each year. Now I just need to hope it passes the MOT!
Booked a Sun holiday
This will be our 3rd Sun holiday and they save us loads, particularly now that we have to go out of term time. We’ve been to Haven sites twice and this time are trying a Parkdean. We tend to stick to Norfolk be a use the beaches are lovely and it’s a short enough journey from Essex for us to be able to manage the children’s car sickness. You don’t actually need to buy the paper as the codes are published on lots of websites and in Facebook groups (where you can also find great holiday tips).
While it isn’t really the £9.50/£15 a person they advertise when you go in the school holidays, it does save a significant amount of money. I had a look at what it would cost to book direct for the week we’re going (second week of the Easter Holidays) and it would be around £300. We’ve paid around £150, so it’s basically a half price holiday.
Sold some leftover nappies on eBay
When my children were in nappies I used to buy them via Amazon subscribe and save. You get an extra discount if you have Prime membership. The amount we saved covered to cost of Prime and then some. Of course, both kids stopped needing nappies just after a delivery arrived! I ended up with two boxes of nappies left and I have finally gotten round to selling them!
Used the library
My local library is under threat of closure so it’s a case of use it or lose it. Girl Child has been struggling a bit with separating from me so I wanted to find some books to help. I identified titles I thought would be useful and then checked the library catalogue to see if they had them. Then I requested the ones that were on there and collected them a week later. I also remembered to put a reminder in my phone for when they were due back to avoid fines!
So that’s where we’ve saved money this month. Look out for next month’s post to see how we get on in February. I’d love to hear your money saving tips in the comments.
I’m linking up with Cass Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week linky.