The cost of taking care of a family has become more and more expensive in recent years. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “the cost of raising a child today is $233,610.” This does not include sending your child to college. It is important for family heads to find ways to save money as much as possible.
Look for first responder and military discount websites. A lot of businesses are wanting to help those that help us. Sometimes the sites require you to discuss the knowledge you have on certain items you have used and share that review with the public. Doing this can save you a lot of money on products you normally use anyway.
We’ll be discussing different ways you can save a buck on just about anything and where to go to find discount deals.
Use Apps to Find Discounts
There are many apps available that are designed for consumers to find discounts on items such as clothing, furniture, household products, and more.
Apps like Decide enable their users to receive product recommendations and allow them to set price alerts on items they’re watching. The app also performs price comparisons on local stores and online stores to make sure you’re saving money.
SnipSnap is a great app for people who still like to cut-out coupons but do not like carrying around a binder full of them in a store. With the app, you can take a picture of your coupon and save it to your phone. Also, it will alert you once you’re in a store if you can use the coupon that was saved. Another cool fact is that you can follow your family and friends coupon bundles saved.
There is no reason not to save money these days with apps design for that very purpose.
Shop at Discount and Second-Hand Stores
Never overlook a discount or a second-hand store. They are great avenues to save plenty of money on name-brand products. Thrift shopping takes time and effort, but once you find a good-looking item and you see the low price attached to it, you won’t regret spending a little extra time shopping. The same can be said about a discount store.
Now the difference between a discount store and a second-hand or thrift shop is that a thrift store sells donated or used goods for the fraction of their original price. Most second-hand stores are owned by nonprofit charities and for-profit businesses. Below is a list of thrift stores that are in most areas:
- Salvation Army
- St. Vincent de Paul
- Unique Thrift
- Value Village
- Valu Thrift
A discount store sells items at a lower price than the market value. These products are mostly new, overstock or returned items. Below is a list of discount stores:
- TJ Maxx
- Old Navy
- J Crew
- Factory Loft
- The Dollar Tree
You will save your family a lot of money by shopping at a low-cost store.
Shop Before or The Day After a Holiday
Sometimes you do not have to shop at a specific store if it’s around that time of year where every store has discounts. For example, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times to buy electronic products for the family. Most stores have half-price off or more on all items. Below is another great list of days to remember for saving money while shopping.
- Presidents Day
- Mother’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Father’s Day
- Fourth of July
- Amazon Prime Day
- Tax-free weekends
- Labor Day
- New Year’s Eve
Another great tip is to shop during late January for winter clothing. Retail stores put these items on the sales rack to make room for spring attire. The apparel is usually 50 percent off.
Search Discounts Sites for Special Events
Groupon, Mypoints, and Living Social are great websites to find events and getaways for less than the regular price. Whether it’s a meet and greet, an art show, a musical play, or a concert there are ways to do it for cheap. These sites are available across the country no matter where you live there is always something you can on a budget.
Also, if you’re not able to find an event that interests you on one of these sites, you can always pay attention to flyers posted in the local eateries you frequently visit. They might have a special night of activities that don’t cost a lot of money.
Find Discounts for Going Green
If you’re a person who cares about the environment and would like to save money while doing so, then there are a few ways you can save money.
Contact your insurance company. Most insurance companies will give you a break if you decided to go green.
If you’re in the market needing to buy a car, then think about buying a hybrid or an electric car. The government is giving out tax breaks for people who purchase those types of vehicles.