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Ironically, happy memories are usually borne from what seem like mundane family activities. Go on bike rides together, visit area parks, get out the watercolors and have a paint party, play board games, make homemade pizzas together or check out movies or video games at the library.
Also stay tuned for coupons and deals at area attractions for reduced price or free admissions.
“Make a list. Put your values and priorities in order. Budget around that,” Emily says. “If you find all of your income going towards things that don’t bring you joy, it’s time reevaluate and get creative.”
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when you record a check. At the end of the month, you’ll have a surplus. Your banking institution may offer this feature, or there are round up apps.
9. Start a “kick it” jar. Unhealthy habits and shopping addictions like smoking or buying dozens of expensive shoes are costly. Start a “kick it” jar. When the urge to splurge strikes, put money in the jar. As you see the money grow, so will resolve to kick the habit.
10. Keep the change. Collect loose change in a jar at the end of
the day. A mere 50 cents a day savings will add up to almost $200 annually. As a family, save to pay off a debt or make a fun purchase.
11. Cruise to savings. Set the cruise control within the speed limit on the interstate, and don’t speed on smaller roads. Not speeding is fuel-efficient, and tickets are costly.
12. Calculate your time. When you consider purchasing a non-
essential item, calculate how many hours you have to work to pay for it. Is your time worth the purchase?
13. Don’t spend a bundle on your new bundle of joy. Babies don’t know what the Gap is. They won’t care how much that designer crib cost when they sink those brand new toddler teeth into the bed rail. Look for inexpensive, but safe furniture and gear. Keep them dry, fed, warm and loved. They’ll be content.
14. Shop seasonally. Specific items can be found at rock- bottom prices seasonally. In November baking staples are inexpensive. In January fitness gear and health food are a bargain. Make a list of what’s on sale each month, and then revisit the list each year to get the best prices.
15. Get a library card. Libraries have free, fun entertainment. Borrow magazines, books and videos for all ages. Tap into
free digital resources like online magazines and eBooks. They also offer community classes, kids’ crafts and book clubs,
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a bargain for any family on a budget.
16. Celebrate a spending holiday.
Choose a day, weekend or week, and don’t buy anything during that time.
17. YouTube it. Leaky toilet? Car repair that’s going to set you back hundreds of dollars?
Look on YouTube for some
DIY, fix-it tutorials. Even if you can’t fix it in the end, you’ll gain knowledge that will help you make the thriftiest choices when hiring help.
This sounds counterintuitive
to saving. But even when a bankroll is at its lowest, giving to someone whose needs are greater than yours helps grow an appreciation for what you have. Giving to others is also a motivator to save more so you can help others more.
18. Embrace a giving spirit.

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