Create a Babysitting Co-Op No not like those books from such a long time ago but if you and another couple can exchange babysitting services it will give both of you a free night out. You watch their kids this week they watch yours next week. Now you can have date night without paying cash for a sitter. This is great for your marriage as well as your wallet.
Hand me arounds There is no reason to buy all new clothes for your child, especially when they can only where the same thing for a few months before they grow out of it. When you are done pass them along and find someone else to do the same with. My wife has a Mothers group at church that constantly passes clothes around and saves everyone a ton.
Play at the Public Park Why not just go to the park and play with other kids, you already paid for it.
Watch the local parks for educational programs Take your kids to these and they may have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning.
Public Libraries There is so much that can be had at public libraries from internet access to the books and learning programs.
Use city services There are plenty of free (already paid for through taxes) activities for children around our city, between Metro parks and libraries there is plenty to keep them entertained.
Watch local churches Especially in the summer there are tons of Vacations Bible Schools for kids’ activities.
Stop spending so much on your kids Really they want your time and love more than anything. Make up games you can play at home all the time or just play tag.
Buy in bulk and pack your own snacks. Our kids know if we are gong to the museum or the Zoo they are carrying their own food and we don’t buy it there. We taught them how much things cost and now our kids see prices and ask “Who would pay for that?”
What are other great ways you save money with your kids?