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Money Management Tips for Parents

Jul 15, 2008
The importance of money becomes obvious when we have kids. We could have squeaked by living paycheck to paycheck when it was just ourselves, but now that there are others to think about we have to start saving our pennies. Here are some money management tips for single and two parent households.

Take advantage of generic brands whenever possible. They are often the same thing sold by name brand companies. Many children, though, are convinced that the only types of cereal they like are those name brands theyve gotten acquainted with, so help them get accustomed to their generic counterparts slowly. Using a separate container instead of the cereals original packaging to store it could help kids make the switch without even noticing.

Both name brand and generic toiletries can be found at dollar stores for discounted prices. These could include shampoo, detergent, soap, and other common home cleaning supplies. Shopping at such stores before going straight to the grocery store can help save money. Using coupons at the grocery store will be of even more assistance.

Stop using expensive professional cleaning services in favor of doing you cleaning at home instead. For example, using Dryel brand dryer sheets works almost exactly like professional dry cleaning, but is much more cost effective and can be done in a normal home dryer.

Purchase a used car. We all want a new car, don't we? The truth is cars depreciate as soon as they leave the dealer's lot. Purchasing an inspected used car from a reputable dealer saves money on car payments. Check to see that the car has a good service record and that it has not been damaged in any way before you agree to buy.

Buy clothing in unexpected places. Famous named stores are not the only place to shop. Thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, and consignment shops all sell good quality clothing. You can even find name brand items here, too. You will have to take the time and search through racks and racks of clothing, but it will be worth it to find clothing for yourself and your family at a fraction of the cost of regular department and specialty stores.

Take money for savings straight out of your paycheck. The best of intentions can fall to the wayside when it comes to savings because things just come up. Automatically depositing a certain amount of your paycheck into a savings account can be of real benefit. This can be done as soon as you have been paid. Banks can work with you to establish the best plan in your situation. For example, individuals who deposit their paycheck every two weeks can set up bank transfers that channel money to their savings account right away.

There are no easy ways to save money. It takes effort and focus. We don't always want to take the time to manage our money wisely, but our kids are worth it.
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