Anyone with a young family will testify that the duty of a modern day parent is never ending. Providing your baby or young children with the best possible life can result in a very hectic schedule. From school runs to after school lessons, from helping out with homework to making sure everyone is well fed after a long day. The strain on both time and expense can sometimes leave you feeling jaded and with little time for yourself or other important decisions you might have to make.
Getting the right balance
The real challenge for parents is getting the balance right between giving your children all the love and attention they need whilst coping with the important day to day decisions which allow you the money and time to look after your family. If you add to this the personal time that you require for rest and relaxation then anyone would struggle to imagine how all of this can fit into a regular day’s work.
Some would argue that in today’s modern society, being a parent is more difficult than ever before. With the rising costs of essentials such as petrol and travel, the increase in tax’s due to the economic down turn and a plethora of distractions and attractions for children, keeping track of time and money can be a daunting task and believe me, we’ve all been feeling the same way.
Help is at hand
For all the stresses and expenses of modern day life however, one medium which has undeniable potential for making life a little easier is the internet, and more importantly, the variety of innovative websites which now offer money and time saving services for savvy parents.
Here are our top three examples on how to make the internet work for you:
1. Price Comparison Websites
If you, like so many others, share a lack of trust in price comparison websites then you may be surprised at how much money and time you can save by using the right ones for you. Whether comparing car insurance, travel deals or energy tariffs, price comparison websites such as comparethemarket.com are designed to save you money and to significantly reduce the time and stress of researching and choosing the right policy for your requirements. A previous study by the Office of Fair Trading stated that consumers could collectively save up to £240m a year by using these websites effectively so make sure to check them out and see what you could save.
2. Online Shopping
From the comfort of your own home you can shop for absolutely anything and have it delivered to your front door at a time that suits you. From doing your weekly food shop from supermarket websites or buying home essentials from Amazon.com, the power of getting things done is at your fingertips and all of that without the expense or time it takes to run down the shops and spend hours deciding on what to buy.
3. Giving you a helping hand
As well as the now popular online shopping services and price comparison websites, there are a number of innovative and lesser known websites which have been designed to help parents cope better with their hectic daily schedules. If you haven’t had time to do your shopping and are worrying about what to make for dinner, check out notakeout.com. This handy website will take what ingredients you have in the kitchen and give you a quick and simple recipe that will make the most of what’s left in the cupboard.
Save yourself both time and money with these three online tips and take some time out for yourself, God knows you deserve it!