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Wisdom from a Money Saving Momma

I don’t think any mom out there will say “no” to saving any money, especially those moms who have more than one child to care for. As new mom of four, I am always looking for ways to save. So, I’ll share a few of my secrets with you, from shopping for clothes for more than one child, school supply shopping, and grocery shopping.

Couponing

I don’t coupon as much as I used to. At the moment it’s too time consuming for me to handle. However, some of the frequent couponers will disagree with me. 

What I can share on couponing is a money saving app called ibotta. I’ve always seen it mentioned but never tried it. But it’s easy. When you shop anywhere, save your receipt, open the app and scroll to the place you shopped. Click on what you purchased and scan your receipt. Ibotta lists how much you saved and runs a tally of how much money you can cash out.

In Store Savings

Target’s Cartwheel app another tool I find handy. Just click on the items you plan to purchase in the store and have the cashier scan your items at checkout for instant savings!

H-E-B always has coupons in store and on their website. I’ve found that using Curbside can prevent me from adding unnecessary items to my cart and can give me a better idea of what I’m spending before walking up to the register. Curbside is very user friendly and I highly recommended it if you have more than one child, are pregnant, or just a busy working mom.

The best time to shop at Sprouts is on Wednesday when the old circular ends and new circular starts.

Kid Clothing Savings

My favorite thing to do is shop for children’s clothing. I have four kids who range in age from newborn to eleven years old, so I have good range I need to shop for.

Hand-Me-Downs

If you ever get hand-me downs I’d say take what you can get. Granted they are in good condition of course.

Second Hand Shops

First place, I shop at, is second hand shops like Once Upon a Child, Funky Frog, and Threads Kids. Most have special saving events and clearances. For this you must have patience to go through the clothing to find the gems. My husband applauds me on this. I have purchased the majority of my son’s name brand clothing from resale shops. Think about it. The cost of a brand new Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt is about $30. At one of the resale shops, it costs between $8.50-$10. Now if you can find it at a savings event, for say 40% off, that’s an even deeper savings. That’s about 80% off a new one. You can find practically brand new Polos or other brand name clothing very gently used. If you have toddlers, they grow right out of the sizes so quick, I doubt they even get to wear the clothing twice. Same goes for girl clothing. You just need patience to find the best items.

Back to School Season

School is back in session but Back to School time is one my favorite times of the years. This is for a few reasons… mainly because my kids are going back to school, which means more quiet time at home. Seriously though, Back to School is also one of the best times to get some great deals for your children and household. Many stores that sell school supplies will have some sort of deal going on before school starts. I also like to stock up during penny deals because kids always need more pencils and erasers. I like to buy the supplies needed and then some for the next year while they are for sure on sale.

Back to School time also means dorm rooms will need to get furnished. For me that means deals on laundry baskets, towels and fun bright trending color of décor I can use around my house. Of course there is tax-free weekend and, well, it all sounds like a great deal. But it’s probably a better idea to shop the day or even the weekend after because you can find a better deal than saving $8.50 on every $100 spent.

I can probably go on and on, but I hope some of these tips will assist anyone on how to get more bang for your buck. What would you add?

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