Does running a family home need to be expensive? Well, to a certain degree it does. You likely want the best for your children, for your spouse, and for your combined futures. You likely want to live in a stable environment and ensure everyone has what they need, even if you have to forgo the luxuries from time to time. But does running a home need to be SO expensive? It depends on what that means for you. Odds are you wouldn’t be asking the question if you weren’t in someway questioning just why you always feel like you’re paying bills, or that certain bills are ripping you off in some way.
For that reason, taking a mindful approach to the bills in your home is just normal and good personal financial sense. Is there any improvement to be made? Or are you stuck with this setup forever? Of course, it all depends on what you hope to achieve, and what living standard is expected. But even if you earn plenty, we think we can help you save a few coppers. Let’s see how:
Insulation Is Always King
While you might not be one to count pennies and lament over spending a little more, wasting money is nonsensical. To that extent, it’s important to consider the elements of your home which, if left unattended, might contribute to said wasted money. We’d suggest that heating can contribute to this, particularly if the housing of your home isn’t as good as it should be. From cracked open windows in cold weather, shoddy roofing felt, issues with the foam insulation in your walls, a basement crawlspace letting all the air out, or perhaps simply an ineffective heater that should be replaced with thermal integration, insulation is always king. Try and inspect your home and see where changes could be made. The savings here might just stun you.
Children break things. It can’t be helped. It’s just part of their playful nature. So long as it’s accidental and not malicious, there’s not much you can do. But you can prepare them to understand the worth of something. You can teach them the valuable importance of something you adore, or perhaps what the worth of something is compared to a relevant factor they can understand. You can teach them to take care of their clothing, of their bicycle, and of their bedrooms. Teach them the value of an item, not just replacing it, but teaching them how to repair it. This way you raise your family with a savers mindset, even if you can go ahead and replace certain issues. This not only trains them for life more appropriately, but can save you money.
There’s no shame using coupons, or opting for sales now and then. Perhaps your butcher has a good promotion on, where you can gain five chicken breasts for free if you purchase a certain pack of goods. Perhaps you’ve been given a voucher for a Disneyland, and you wish to bring your planned vacation forward. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to save money, and tailoring your life to suit that. This way, more value can be yours.
With this advice, running a family home needn’t be so expensive.