Profile of a budgeting mum: Andrea Vasey

An interview with Andrea Vasey


Hi, whats your name?


Any Kids?

a 2 year old daughter called Sophie

Do you work FT/PT?

Part time, between 20 and 30 hours per week

Why do you work?

To pay for any luxuries, such as holidays, savings etc

What are your childcare arrangements?

I work evenings and weekends so either Michael or myself are home to look after Sophie

How do you manage for money?

Michaels wages cover the bills, and mine cover anything else

Do you worry about money?

We manage day to day, although I do worry about having enough spending money

What do you waste money on?

We are quite good at sticking to our budget, but we used to waste a lot of money on eating out and not using the food we had in our fridge

Have you made any big financial changes since having kids?

I have become much more aware of where we used to waste money and better at using up food leftovers

How do you make extra cash?

Selling unwanted items, on ebay, local FB selling sites or at car boot sales.

Can you share 3 top budgeting tips for other parents

1. Plan you weeks meals ahead, make a shopping list and stick to it

2. Batch cook meals, such as chilli or spag bol and freeze the leftovers for using on a day when you don’t have much time and might otherwise end up reaching for a takeaway menu

3. Don’t be afraid to try supermarket own brands or the cheaper supermarkets, such as Aldi – we shop here and most of their foods are just as good as the more expensive brands

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1 Comment

  1. July 17, 2013 / 1:22 am

    I agree, Aldi and Lidl are great alternatives to the big supermarket chains and I’m not only saying that because I’m German 😉
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