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Managing family finances is a constant balancing act. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make this essential task easier without making too many sacrifices or spending more than you should.
Explore Ways to Get Free Food
Food is probably one of your top expenses at home. You may be surprised how many ways there are to enjoy meals for free. For starters, if someone invites you and your family for dinner, accept that offer gratefully. You might also consider volunteering at a church picnic, catered fundraiser, or another place where food is being served. Even though you won’t get paid for your time with money, the event organizers might let you take home leftovers. Especially if they’d otherwise go to waste.
There are also many restaurants that give free meals on birthdays. This is usually to entice you to sign up for email lists or loyalty programs. If you’re worried about the junk mail that is associated with doing those things, simply make a new account you only use when taking advantage of those offers. Be sure to check the inbox as your birthday nears to see what kinds of fun rewards await.
Use Coupons Often and Responsibly
Finding coupons to redeem so you can save money on things you buy anyway takes some effort. It can really pay off, though. You are probably most familiar with paper-based coupons. Luckily, these days some manufacturers offer electronic versions you can redeem by showing your phone at the checkout, as well. The quicker you get into the habit of using coupons whenever possible, the more naturally saving money in this way will fit into your lifestyle so it doesn’t feel like a chore.
If you are new to using coupons, take the time to learn some of the basic rules. They include never copying coupons (doing that is against the law!) and always reading the fine print so you know how to use coupons as intended. Failing to learn these things before trying to redeem coupons could result in unpleasant surprises.
Choose a Local Insurance Provider
Whether you need to look for a new insurance provider soon because of changes in circumstances or you’re just curious about whether you could get lower rates by going elsewhere, it’s smart to approach a local insurance agency and see what the representatives there can offer you. There are some insurance companies that have dozens of providers in certain regions of the country. Finding at least one location to serve your needs shouldn’t be hard.
You may not initially think of your insurance coverage as something that helps you provide for your family but it certainly does. Especially regarding automobile premiums. If you don’t have an insured car, you’re taking a risk every time you go out on the road. If you’re like most families, you use your vehicle frequently to help family members get to work, school, sports practices and more.
When you meet with an agency in your community, make sure to specify how much you can afford to spend and any special coverage you think is necessary in your case. Also, ask about whether you are eligible for discounts. You may be able to take advantage of them if you can show evidence of being a safe driver, have a car with numerous advanced safety features, or get several types of insurance premiums from one provider.
You probably invest in your family every day and always keep an eye on spending habits. Both of things are part of providing for loved ones and making sure you spend less money than you earn. The tips above should help you do both with ease!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.