Sunday, 13 July 2014

Three clever ways to save your family $$$


We all know how it pays to be clever and think into the future but in the rush from day to day the best of intentions can get pushed aside. Here are a few ways to save your family dollars that can then be spent on more important or fun things!

Make the most of what (food) you’ve already got

You’d know from my blog already that I am passionate about fresh food and health-promoting high quality ingredients. While we do all we can to buy in bulk and direct from the producer, through the local farmers market, these food items make up a significant part of our family spending each week. It’s not just the money either. Throwing away food is one of the most careless and wasteful things a person can do, and when I have on rare occasions had to do it, I’ve felt incredibly guilty.

Aside from the obvious, only buy what you think your family will genuinely consume each week…. try to consume, or cook and freeze, all the perishable items from your shopping before you shop again. Sort of like what you do before going on holiday. Sounds basic, I know, but the very act of doing this can trigger some creative cooking and delicious results.

You can apply this principle to any dried or longer storage ingredients as well. Keeping popular pantry items on high rotation helps to ensure that you, and your family, always eat the freshest possible ingredients. So good for those growing bodies!

Weekly cost saving estimate $75

Saving on car tyres

Fuel is another big expense for our family. Before I had kids I had no idea just how much driving around I’d need to do with two young children. I’ve got a feeling that there will be even more of this as they get older!

Here clever fuel saving technology comes to the rescue. Goodyear Assurance Triplemax tyres are designed with less material in the tyre and lower heat generation to reduce rolling resistance, which uses less energy, reduces fuel consumption and saves you money.

It’s nice to know that this fuel saving doesn’t compromise performance, Goodyear Assurance Triplemax tyres are also specifically designed for better braking, grip on wet road, extra durability and added protection against road hazards.

The savings don’t end there; Goodyear is currently offering four for the price of three on its Assurance Triplemax range – take up this offer here.

Expected savings of up to $500

The ‘Present Box’

With two young children, their playmates, plus our large extended family there is always a birthday coming up on the calendar. Shopping last minute is time consuming, costly and often unpleasant. If, like me, you are not ‘born organised’ with each gift pre bought and wrapped months in advance, there is cheaper and much less stressful option.

You can shop at home from your very own ‘Present Box’. Essentially this is a small collection of pre-bought gifts, which you can wrap and personalise for any occasion.

When building up the gift collection, think ‘small and thoughtful’. Women love little luxuries like scented candles, leather luggage tags, bath bombs and rich hand creams with natural ingredients. For men I tend to buy more quirky items like cool fridge magnets, decks of cards with pin ups from the fifties and small leather-bound notebooks. I’m always on the lookout for beautiful picture books for young children. For older kids, self powered torches plus old-fashioned toys like spinning tops and self assemble wooden gliders are well received.

The idea here is not to go out and buy all this stuff at once. When you are out and about (or even online) and spot something unique, affordable and appealing as a gift, buy it and add to the present box. This comes with a warning for shopaholics and hoarders… make sure you don’t stock up on more gifts then you have friends for!

Annual cost saving estimate $350 (depending on your social life!)


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