Our guest post this week is from lifestyle and parenting blogger Eliza from My Everything Beautiful
How I raise my children on a budget?
First of all, I would like to thank Becky from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to guest post for her awesome blog. She also posted another article about me which you can find here. https://abeautifulspace.co.uk/my-beautiful-things-by-eliza-from-my-everything-beautiful/.
My name is Eliza, I am 22 years old and I have 2 children: the oldest one turned 2 years old on the 8th of December and the baby turned 6 months old on the 8th of December. So, until recently, I had two children both under 2 which was hard, but thank God for all the support that I get from everyone. I am on my final year of university and I have to also complete my dissertation this year. It’s hard being a university student if you’re on your own, let alone having a husband and two children to cook food for, wash the laundry and all the rest of it.
Going back to how I raise my children on a budget, I have tried to spend my money more carefully since I got married and I have failed miserably on multiple occasions. Now that I have both children and we really want to save for a house because we rent our place at the moment, it’s time for me to take this seriously and lately, I have managed it so well. I’ll list just a few of my favourite budgeting techniques that have worked for me so far.
- I don’t buy full price clothing
Children grow super-fast, especially in the first 2 years. They will grow out of that £30 worth jacket before you know it. That’s such a shame, isn’t it? That’s why I don’t buy any clothes at the full price. I look for discounts and sales at many children stores and buy them only if I really need them and if they are worth the price. However, my favourite place to get children’s clothes from are car boot sales. I go there 4-5 times a year and personally, I have found great pieces of clothing for as little as 50pence an item. What a great bargain! I know of Shepperton car boot sale, Apps Court Farm, Nut Hill Farm and Dunton. I buy loads of clothes from there and if I really need something that I can’t find, I will then buy it from a store. This goes for toys as well, although I haven’t purchased many from a car boot since I received loads from family and friends. I was able to spend the money saved on nappies and formula milk, which are also so expensive. Everything ‘baby’ is expensive as we all know!
- I use cashback apps
My favourite apps are CheckoutSmart, Shopmium and Shopitize. I got so many free products from the first two apps in particular such as baby food and formula, Naked drinks, ice cream, popcorn, all sorts of stuff. Shopmium will transfer the money into your account after every purchase whereas with CheckoutSmart I prefer to make the transfer once I reach £20 otherwise they will keep a percentage of the money.
- We only eat out once a month or less
I sometimes still struggle with this one because me and my husband are such food lovers and we used to eat out so much before. Especially at this time when I have to spend so much time reading and writing my dissertation and taking care of my children 24/7 when I don’t go to university, I barely find the time to cook from scratch so paying Nando’s a visit seemed like the easiest thing to do.
However, I have found that cooking more than one dish at once means that I will have food for the next 1 or 2 days. Also, when I don’t have the time for longer recipes, I will make something quick like fries and eggs, or our favourite pasta dishes which really don’t take long. I do not freeze food however, because I’m a bit concerned of the taste of the food after defrosting it. I’ve never tried it, so if any of you did, please let me know if the food still tastes the same and share your freezer friendly dishes because that could actually also save my life … (and sanity!).
Thankyou so much Eliza for your post…I would not cope without freezing and I promise you it tastes just fine.