Moms on tight budgets

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-29-2012
Moms on tight budgets
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Sat, 12-29-2012 - 10:13am

Happy new year! I would love to hear from moms on very tight budgets about coping with month to month expenses. Are you doing anything differently to stretch your dollars? Feel free to contact me privately, thanks.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2010
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 1:23pm

I take my list of items we are going to buy and stick to the list. We just don't have the money any more to just get what we want it has to be a need. I also try to do more free stuff with the kids,  there were lots of local things free this holiday season. Kids got to do things and the cost for us was gas for the car.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 9:55am
We do the same (stick to the list). I try to plan meals a week in advance and only buy the items on the list. That's what works the best for us.
Community Leader
Registered: 05-04-2011
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 10:10pm

Ooh, that's me!  Like the previous posters, I make a list and stick to it as much as possible, although sometimes there are sale items that I will stock up on (e.g. tinned pineapple is on sale for a dollar a can).  I have a menu plan that I work from each week as well, so I know what I need to buy.  Same as everyone else, I guess.  We have the added bonus of being able to do much of our shopping in the US (we're Canadian) where many things, like meat, cheese, and milk, are significantly cheaper.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-09-2011
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 10:27pm

I compare all the sales ads for the local stores to the list of things we need, then shop at the store with the most deals. I also try to make our money stretch by buying in bulk. The online coupon sites are pretty good too. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
Mon, 01-07-2013 - 10:48am
I agree about the online coupon sites. We don't get a newspaper anymore, so we rely on the coupon sites. It makes it a lot easier, I think.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2010
Mon, 01-07-2013 - 3:23pm

We use  deals from living social or thru other websites like that to get to go places we can't afford anymore. I was able to get discount codes for an ice show and for an amusement park last month. there was no other way we could afford to do any of those things anymore. 

I keep praying that we can hang in there and things will get better soon.