Money Saving Ideas for the Work at Home Parent

In a previous post I talked about the transition from having a full time income to building your work at home career.   It always helps though to continue to find simple and easy ways to save money.

Now, I’ve seen episodes of Extreme Couponing and am not a fan.  Sorry, I don’t need stockpiles of mustard and laundry detergent.  Okay, well, I could use a lot of laundry detergent.  But, after hearing how a mother spends six hours a day “couponing” I decided I don’t want to work that much.  Personally, my biggest contract is 60 hours a month and I make enough money to buy my family’s groceries and household supplies, so why in the world would I spend 6 hours a day couponing right?
Here are some simpler ways I save:

1.  Pay Attention to Emails:  I subscribe to receive emails from my favorite places and pay attention to the coupons and deals. Staples has a deal that they run a couple of times per year where you get a 100% Staples rebate on battery purchases.  So, the batteries are essentially free.  I’ve received these for cases of paper as well.  I also got an email from Toshiba while I was on the lookout for a new laptop and jumped on a coupon limited to the first 100 purchasers.  I was number 62 and was able to get a 15″ laptop for $399 with 8 Gigs of Memory and a Pentium Processor.

2.  Get Free Books:  I love the Kindle Fire.  I love that my children want to read.  Did you know that new Kindle publishers are allowed to offer their books for download for free for a limited period of time?  This is how they can start building up reviews for their new books.  I download free books for my children all of the time.  I just go to books on the Kindle, select Store, select Childrens, select age range then sort by price low to high.  And, the free ones are listed on the very top.  Simply select and download.  Do this often to download free books as they become available.

3.  Grocery Shop Weekly:  I know this is a weird one.  But, we do spend most of our money on food.  But, if you actually plan your meals every week and do your grocery shopping weekly based on your plan, you’ll save a ton of money.  I tend to order take out or eat out when I run out of ideas of what to cook for dinner and for a family of six, that can get expensive.  Shopping weekly also helps limit our bulky item purchases.

Well, those our my few tips.  What do you do to help save money?  Please share.

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Sinnary Sam is a marketing professional specializing in Prospect Marketing Events. She works from home part time and manages her four daughters' busy school and sports schedules.

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