Having happy, healthy children is one of life’s greatest blessings. But the little tykes can also be extremely expensive to maintain. We look at 5 great ways to keep both your brood and your bank manager smiling.
1. Sharing is caring
Youngsters’ bodies grow faster than the proverbial beanstalk, which can result in Mom and Dad spending a small fortune on clothes and shoes. But it doesn’t have to be this way: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with dressing your kids in ‘pre-loved’ clothes from a sister, cousin or friend.
Just remember: when your kids outgrow them, be sure to keep your karma clean by repeating the favour.
(Warning: This tip may be harder to pull off once your kids reach adolescence.)
2. Make food, not war
Our lives are all so busy and frantic that many of us are relying on supermarket warm-ups and Mr Delivery to get our families through the week — which is not great for our budgets.
Rather involve your kids in planning and preparing your meals. This will help you save money, eat more healthily and get some precious family time to boot. Cooking freezer meals on a Sunday is much more fun if your kids are doing it with you.
3. A family that Snaps together saves together
The weekly trip to the supermarket can actually make you money if you get the kids hooked on SnapnSave. SnapnSave is SA’s fastest growing cashback shopping app that gives you cash back on a wide range of brands and products at the retailer of your choice.
In fact, SnapnSave has given South African shoppers more than R2 million back in CASH. We’ll let that sink in for a minute.
Deals are updated on a weekly basis and include everything from beans to burgers. Find out how to start snapping and saving, here.
4. Nature versus nurture
How you choose to relax as a family can have a serious impact on your bank balance, not to mention your mental state. Spending Saturdays in the mall is both expensive and unhealthy.
Outdoor activities, on the other hand, are cheap (or even free) and extremely good for your blood pressure and serotonin levels. Start small with a walk in the park or a visit to the local farmer’s market. Soon you’ll all be running up Platteklip Gorge like mountain goats…
Read more: 50+ family-friendly things to do in Joburg
5. Get the jab
We’ve all heard rumours that the getting the flu vaccination can actually cause flu, but medical consensus is that this is most definitely not the case.
The flu vaccination is highly recommended for all children older than 6 months, and it’s both cheap and widely available. Spend a few hundred bucks now to save thousands on GP visits, cough medicine and pizza deliveries!