Having kids and being able to save money can be difficult. Clipping coupons for diapers just doesn’t cut it when they grow out of shoes every two months for two years straight (true story!) and start to eat a pound of meat in one sitting because they are still hungry during growth spurts. These expenses aren’t things that can be easily changed or planned for. Kids need shoes that fit. A very active, and actively growing, kid is going to at times, eat more than an adult sitting at the same table.
When it comes to satisfying their interests in order to help them grow to be well-rounded individuals, there are a number of ways to cut corners and save.
Teach them yourself.
Chances are pretty high that your kid will like an activity that you like or at one time enjoyed. Your expertise doesn’t necessarily need to be at the level of an expert in order to be able to effectively teach your kid. Instead of carting your child around to various lessons and activities in the after school hours, commit to spending 30-45 minutes passing along your knowledge. This can save you $30-$60 per week on private lessons. It is most effective if it is on your calendar as a standing activity just like if you were carting your kid of to the local Y. We are currently using this method to teach our kids piano, drums, guitar, and swimming.
Barter with a friend.