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Free Activities: This is How I Saved £70 in Two Days by Having a No Spend Family Weekend in Southampton

Free Activities: This is How I Saved £70 in Two Days by Having a No Spend Family Weekend in Southampton

Anytime after September, I switch into a hermit and stay indoors. I’d stay in all day if I could, but, annoyingly, my kids aren’t. I found out very quickly that when we’re out the house the kids are better behaved, even if it’s for just […]

Reverse Advent Christmas Calendar: One of Seventeen Free Things to do With Kids in December

Reverse Advent Christmas Calendar: One of Seventeen Free Things to do With Kids in December

December can be an expensive time of year with many of us looking for ways to cut back. This got us thinking about ways we could give back, yet still, have fun as a family. Recently, all us UK Money Bloggers got together and decided […]

Easy! 9 Money Saving Tips That We All Should Be Using Right Now

Easy! 9 Money Saving Tips That We All Should Be Using Right Now

Saving money doesn’t mean being boring – the cash you save can help pay for treats and fun days out with the family. Spending less and putting more into your savings may not come naturally, but there are so many different ways to save, some, […]

One Month of Cheap & Easy Slow Cooker Meals Plus a Free Month Meal Plan

One Month of Cheap & Easy Slow Cooker Meals Plus a Free Month Meal Plan

I’m the first to admit that when it comes to feeding the family, it’s hard work. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have, buying the food, making dinner and getting everyone to eat the same meal is a full-time job. Keeping to a strict […]

Natural Cleaning Tips: How to Save Money on Your Cleaning Supplies

Natural Cleaning Tips: How to Save Money on Your Cleaning Supplies

Today we are going to clean your stainless steel kitchen sink using only what you have in your kitchen cupboards, without cutting any of your cleaning power. Impossible? No way! How often should you clean your sink? The rule of thumb is: • Quick rinse/sanitisation […]

Celebration Caramel Luxe Cake: A Homemade Cake for any Party for under £6

Celebration Caramel Luxe Cake: A Homemade Cake for any Party for under £6

I love cake, especially when it’s easy to cook and cheap to make. Last weeks caramel Bake Off episode inspired me to find out if I could make my very own caramel cake. Not just any caramel cake I’d like to add, but a big […]

27 Things to do on a Family No-Spend Weekend

27 Things to do on a Family No-Spend Weekend

With winter right around the corner, this is a prime time to get outside and enjoy all the free activities in your local area. Recently, my family and I had our very first no-spend weekend and to be honest; it wasn’t that hard at all. […]

Keep More Money In Your Pocket: 99 Easy Ways to Save Money as a Family

Keep More Money In Your Pocket: 99 Easy Ways to Save Money as a Family

Just like when you decide to start a family, committing to saving money comes with its own drawbacks. Sometimes it’s not about making more money and working harder, but about saving the money you already have. The hard part is where to start and finding […]

Cutting your Shopping Bill in Half: 7 Tips to Help You Save £30 a Week

Cutting your Shopping Bill in Half: 7 Tips to Help You Save £30 a Week

Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you would have noticed your grocery bill slowly rising. All the basics have been hit, leaving us shoppers sandwiched anywhere between high prices and fewer wages. We’ve all been feeling the pinch, but there are a few […]

Internet Rip-Off: How to Get a Good Deal on your Broadband

Internet Rip-Off: How to Get a Good Deal on your Broadband

With soaring line rental costs and out of contract pricing, many of us are being hit hard with soaring broadband bills. Research has found that when our contract ends, 15 million of us in the UK are unintentionally paying an average of £113 a year […]


Parenting

7 Money Saving Tips to Make Staying at Home Possible for You

7 Money Saving Tips to Make Staying at Home Possible for You

I get asked all the time if I work. Well, yes I do, but I also look after my children twenty-four seven as a stay at home mum.
Most people call me lucky, and always say they wish they could afford to stay at home full time, and while I do have a part time income, it no way covers all the costs that come with having a family.

For the majority mums, becoming a stay at home is possible, but if you’re asking if you can still live the same lifestyle as you did on two full-time incomes, then the answer is no, of course, you can’t.

I’m one of the lucky people who have extended family to help me look after the kids, but when I didn’t, and my parents and in-laws both worked, we had to find childcare. We worked out that after just paying for petrol to get to work and the cost of two in a nursery, I’d be bringing home just £90 a month. Not really worth it at all.

So while my husband goes out to work every day, I look after the kids and plow away when I can, mostly in the evenings or on the days my amazing mother in law can have the kids.

Living off of one income or one and a tiny bit in our case is not easy by any means. You do have to make a certain amount of lifestyle sacrifices in order to make staying at home work for everyone.

Here are my top seven tips that have helped me for the past 2 years and will hopefully give you some insight into how you could afford it too.

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