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22 Money-Saving Tips Moms Actually Swear By


We asked the moms of the Angle News Community about the clever ways they save money. They, of course, had a ton of ideas. Here are some of the best ones:

1. Stock up on toys from the clearance section so you’re never overpaying or scrambling for a gift at the last minute.

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I cruise the clearance toy section of Target and Walmart and buy up any good-looking games or toys under $10. When my kid is invited to a birthday party, I’m never scrambling to get a gift, never overpaying, and any leftovers around the holidays go to my kids or relatives as Christmas gifts.

—jeanniekron

2. Wrap a rubber band around the soap pump so the kids only take as much as they need.

It controls how much soap comes out!—daisylover

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It controls how much soap comes out!

—daisylover

3. Try out cloth diapers so you aren’t spending so much money on disposable ones.

We use cloth diapers — they're adorable and way less expensive than the disposable kind.—larkinhpgIf you're on the fence about the idea, you can read more about how and why people choose to use reusable diapers here. Get six diapers, six liners, and one wet bag from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in six print options).

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We use cloth diapers — they’re adorable and way less expensive than the disposable kind.

—larkinhpg

If you’re on the fence about the idea, you can read more about how and why people choose to use reusable diapers here. Get six diapers, six liners, and one wet bag from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in six print options).

4. Order one adult-sized meal and split it up yourself so you aren’t paying extra for individual kids meals.

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I always order one large plate of chicken tenders and fries to split between my kids, instead of three individual kid meals. One of them doesn’t eat fries, and one of them is always hungrier than the other so it all evens out.

—hannashl

5. Give your kids an allowance of screen time instead of cash.

Instead of giving my kids an allowance, I give them 10 minutes of screen time for every chore they complete. If they don't do any chores they don't get to spend any time watching TV or playing on the computer; however, they can earn up to 90 minutes if they do all of their chores, which acts as a big incentive.—lilyakfLearn how to make this chore chart here.

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Instead of giving my kids an allowance, I give them 10 minutes of screen time for every chore they complete. If they don’t do any chores they don’t get to spend any time watching TV or playing on the computer; however, they can earn up to 90 minutes if they do all of their chores, which acts as a big incentive.

—lilyakf

Learn how to make this chore chart here.

6. Buy clothing that goes on sale at the end of the season in a size up so they have something to wear next year.

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At the end of the season, the clothes are super cheap, so I just buy them in the next size or so up.

—rachelsporyh

7. Or buy all of their clothes a few sizes up so they last through a few seasons.

Buy clothes a size or two larger. T-shirts can be worn big, dresses work as tops for leggings, and adjustable pants last a while. If the clothing is stained or worn out, they become play clothes or PJs. —lostunicornGet these pull on cargo shorts from Amazon for $6+ (available in 12 colors).

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Buy clothes a size or two larger. T-shirts can be worn big, dresses work as tops for leggings, and adjustable pants last a while. If the clothing is stained or worn out, they become play clothes or PJs.

—lostunicorn

Get these pull on cargo shorts from Amazon for $6+ (available in 12 colors).

8. Always have snacks pre-packed so you can grab them whenever you’re rushing out the door.

Bring snacks and pack lunches! Eating out costs a ton, so I keep snack "go bags" on hand at all times. I have portions of harvest snaps, freeze-dried fruits, applesauce pouches, or Goldfish for each kid at all times.—dgalante2411

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Bring snacks and pack lunches! Eating out costs a ton, so I keep snack “go bags” on hand at all times. I have portions of harvest snaps, freeze-dried fruits, applesauce pouches, or Goldfish for each kid at all times.

—dgalante2411

9. Order groceries online so you aren’t tempted to grab things you don’t need.

We save roughly $200 every month by ordering our groceries online. We found that when we aren’t in the store going aisle by aisle, we actually stick to the grocery list. It has cut our grocery bill in half! Plus, it saves time when you have a rambunctious toddler.—alexuso2Boxed has free deliveries for orders over $49 and no membership fees! Check out our review here.

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We save roughly $200 every month by ordering our groceries online. We found that when we aren’t in the store going aisle by aisle, we actually stick to the grocery list. It has cut our grocery bill in half! Plus, it saves time when you have a rambunctious toddler.

—alexuso2

Boxed has free deliveries for orders over $49 and no membership fees! Check out our review here.

10. Or check what’s on sale so you can make a meal plan for the week before you get to the grocery store.

I check for deals online first so I have a plan when I get there.—heatherf416484889

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I check for deals online first so I have a plan when I get there.

—heatherf416484889

11. Rewrap gifts from friends and family and give them to your child a second time, if they don’t remember receiving it the first time.

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I save gifts from friends or family and “regift” them to my daughter at the next holiday. She’s so little that she doesn’t realize (or care) that I just rewrapped something she opened months ago.

—larkinhpg

12. Buy gender-neutral clothing so expensive items can still be hand-me-downs.

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I buy gender-neutral clothing for my kids — especially when they’re expensive items like coats or rain boots — so that they can still be hand-me-downs.

—heathershannonj

13. Buy veggies and meat when they’re on sale and freeze them.

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I bought a deep freezer on a garage sale Facebook group so I could buy veggies and meat whenever they were on sale and freeze them. It doesn’t taste any different, and I can stock up on six months worth of meat and veggies for less than $100.

—amishgirl281

14. Join a Buy Nothing group to get (and give away!) stuff for free.

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We get a ton of baby clothes, toys, books, and other items from our local Buy Nothing site! It’s been an amazing resource. After my daughter is done with the items, we just regift them to another person in the group — so easy!

—shannonb46654db57

15. Sell gift cards you don’t want — and buy those you do for cheap — on Cardpool or Raise.

If you ever end up with gift cards you don't want, sell them on Cardpool.com or Raise.com. For some reason, a relative of mine gives my family a Red Lobster gift card every Christmas even though there isn't a restaurant near me, so I usually sell it on one of those sites for about 75% of its value. It helps us a lot when we are short on cash.—mandyg43a54bb2f

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If you ever end up with gift cards you don’t want, sell them on Cardpool.com or Raise.com. For some reason, a relative of mine gives my family a Red Lobster gift card every Christmas even though there isn’t a restaurant near me, so I usually sell it on one of those sites for about 75% of its value. It helps us a lot when we are short on cash.

—mandyg43a54bb2f

16. Find free activities at your local library.

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Local libraries post scheduled events online so you can take your kids to movies, arts and crafts, animal and nature demonstrations, story and play time, etc.

—halstonleighm

17. Buy toys made of sturdy materials like wood.

I really limit toys in the house. It’s too easy to buy cute things constantly but we save it for birthdays and Christmas. I stick with sturdy wooden of fabric toys, nothing plastic or electronic so they last much longer. —larkinhpgGet the animal shaker from Amazon for $5.94+ (available in 11 different animals) and find 13 other wooden toys here.

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I really limit toys in the house. It’s too easy to buy cute things constantly but we save it for birthdays and Christmas. I stick with sturdy wooden of fabric toys, nothing plastic or electronic so they last much longer.

—larkinhpg

Get the animal shaker from Amazon for $5.94+ (available in 11 different animals) and find 13 other wooden toys here.

18. Sign up for Target Cartwheel to find great deals every single week.

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I use Target Cartwheel! It has sales every week so I stock up on what I need whenever it is on sale. I also have my checking account linked to their debit card to get 5% off everything I buy.

—seera0612

19. Bake from scratch for a free activity and a cheap snack.

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Not only does it cost less, but it also creates a free activity for my toddler. He helps me grind wheat berries for flour, measure out ingredients, mix, and shape the dough. Perfect entertainment.

—jamesmoriarty

20. Go on vacation in your own backyard and set up a tent.

Picnics at a local park or in the backyard are fun ways to get out of the house for free. Especially in the summertime, we set up a tent and go "camping" for an at-home vacation.—maggieh4f4e6c863

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Picnics at a local park or in the backyard are fun ways to get out of the house for free. Especially in the summertime, we set up a tent and go “camping” for an at-home vacation.

—maggieh4f4e6c863

21. Stock up on clearance school supplies throughout the year so you never have to pay full price.

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Check weekly ads for the back-to-school specials. I find everything so cheap, I can afford to get extras to send in to the teacher.

—stephaniev23

22. Download Ibotta to get cash back on literally everything you buy.

I definitely recommend Ibotta. I've gotten about $400 back in a year and it doesn't take up a ton of time! They have all different kinds of retailers, so I can pretty much find anything I'm looking for.—sarahw4c1381befGet the app from iTunes or Google Play.

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I definitely recommend Ibotta. I’ve gotten about $400 back in a year and it doesn’t take up a ton of time! They have all different kinds of retailers, so I can pretty much find anything I’m looking for.

—sarahw4c1381bef

Get the app from iTunes or Google Play.

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