It’s the bottom of the economical barrel, what we refer to as “rock bottom.” Bankruptcy can be avoided, however, and there are a few easy ways to stay out of poverty.
One great way to save is to cook your own meals. We spend too much these days on frozen dinners and fast food, and while there’s a good reason for that, convenience, you’re spending extra on these luxury items. Instead, buy fresh ingredients and cook for yourself. Not only will you save a ton of money, you’ll also have better tasting, healthier alternatives to the processed foods you’d normally get. Cooking can also be a relaxing activity and cooking for friends and family is greatly fulfilling.
Another way to keep yourself afloat financially is shopping for clothes and furniture in thrift stores. While there’s a stigma surrounding buying used clothing and furniture, it’s largely unwarranted. Thrift stores don’t sell anything that’s too damaged, and they often have truly beautiful clothes and furniture. You can find some truly amazing things when you decide to visit thrift and consignment shops, and they’ll cost a fraction of the retail price.
Lastly, when it comes to your kids, there are ways to save. You want only the best for your children, but “best” doesn’t equate to “most expensive.” Consider applying the above advice advice about cooking and clothes shopping here, as well. But, there are other things your kids need that you’re probably spending too much. Remember, off brand products are almost always just as good as the name brand variety. For everything else, there’s sales. Keeping your eyes peeled for lowered prices is an easy way to save on everything you need.
Of course, raising babies is even more expensive, but there are still plenty of ways to save. Consider cloth diapers, as opposed to the disposable alternatives, as they require a one time cost, instead of needing to buy more and more more. You can also visit shops like Buy Buy Baby to save on all your baby raising needs.
There’s no need to go broke on day to day expenses. As long as you’re observant and patient, there are endless ways to save money and live a better life.