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10 Easy Ways to Save Money During the School Year

Raising a family isn't cheap! So while you can't put a price tag on the joy and love that kids bring into our lives, Mighty Mommy shares 10 easy ways families can start saving money today.

By
Cheryl Butler,
Episode #293

Tip #2: Book, CD, and DVD Swap

You can very easily and cheaply swap the books, CDs and DVDs you’ve grown bored with others, via the internet. Just use sites like Paperback Swap, and clean out your media collection by trading them with others online. You’ll soon get a flood of new books (or CDs or DVDs) to enjoy, mailed right to you--for free. Ca-ching!

Tip #3: Stop Buying Bottled Water

If you are looking for a simple way to help the environment and save some money, then cutting back on bottled water is a great place to start. Recent statistics show that the annual spending in this country of bottled water is 11.8 billion dollars, and that the number of plastic bottles used per person annually is 167 bottles! 

We now buy reusable, insulated bottles, made from recyclable products, that our kids use throughout the school year for sports, or even just at home. This has helped us cut that cost out of our weekly grocery budget without giving it a second thought. Ca-ching!

Tip #4: Forget Movie Theater Concessions

If you think the price of movie tickets is bad, then you need to take a good look at how much the popcorn, soda, and other goodies at the concession stand are going to set you back.  My family usually takes in a movie once every couple of months, but before we go, we stop at our local drug store or dollar store and get our favorite treats to bring with us. Yes, I know we aren't supposed to bring in food from home when going to the theater, but the majority of families I know bring in items like granola bars, mini-sized candy treats, or juice boxes or water to make it affordable. Ca-ching!

Tip #5: Save on Groceries

Your monthly grocery bill is most likely one of the biggest line items in your family's budget. Clipping coupons is an obvious way to save some cash, but that usually only applies to name brand packaged foods. You could buy generic, but that still comes in a box or a can. What about trying to feed your family fresh food on a budget?

Rather than spending hours and hours on extreme couponing,  try “practical couponing.” To get started with practical couponing, professional coupon blogger, Jennie Sanford, suggests finding a coupon blog that collects all of the weekly coupons for you, so all you have to do is print them out. Check out DealPro to find a local coupon blog in your area.

I personally love connecting with coupon sites on Twitter and Facebook  like The Krazy Coupon Lady, who tweets out deals on all kinds of household and grocery items all week long. Ca-ching! Also see: 5 Tips to Make Meal Planning Easier

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