This post is sponsored by Scott Brand, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Now that the kids are tracked out for the summer, we’ve started to plan how we’ll enjoy our time off. Summertime is our favorite season – but it is always the most expensive! My husband and I agree that we want to be more frugal this summer while still having fun together.
The kids are at the age now that we have started talking to them about the value of money. We want them to learn how important it is to manage money, and to save and plan for big events. Because the kids are still fairly young, we want to teach them about money in a fun and positive way.
We started out by setting some goals that we wanted to accomplish together as a family. The family chose to work toward a trip at summer’s end, as well as for money put away in savings. We talked about how important it is to have savings for unexpected events in life. I had to laugh when my middle daughter used a “broken tablet screen” as an example of such event. But at least I knew she understood the concept.
We then broke down what each thing would cost for a trip total and started brainstorming ways to save. When you sit down and really look at your monthly expenses, there are so many ways that you can save – often without even feeling the “squeeze.” Even the smallest changes can add up quickly to big savings!
We thought about all of the ways we can cut our spending around the house. Simple things – like remembering to turn off the lights when we leave a room or turning off the water when brushing our teeth. Another biggie in our household is using one paper towel at a time – even adults need help with that one. We also encourage the kids to play in casual clothes that don’t need to be washed as often so we can save on water and electricity with less laundry.
We even made little reminders which we printed and stuck around the house. You can do the same with this super simple printable! It is a great way to help kids create money saving habits, but I catch myself noticing those little signs and remembering to do those things as well. It truly has helped us all.
With all three kids home full time during summer, we go through more household goods than any other season. I took a look at our monthly grocery budget to see where I could make adjustments there as well.
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