When you’re a parent, you want to provide your family with the best of everything. Unfortunately, not everything is always within your reach. There are ways, however, to make your money go a long way. It may take some clever figuring out and stretching your paycheck as far as it can go, but here are a few ways to live modestly at a small percentage of the cost.
Use Your Credit Card Advantages
We all have credit cards. They are a necessary part of life. What’s great about them is that they offer rewards when you use them. First of all, don’t charge more than you can pay. Always spend within your budget or else anything else you want to do is not going to be possible. When you do spend on them, you get reward points. Once or twice a year, look to see what your rewards are. Sometimes they can be travel points so that you can take your family on that great vacation you always wanted to take them on, or you can get points towards restaurants and top quality establishments. You earned these rewards. Use them.
Make Lunch Your Expensive Meal
Going out to dinner can be expensive. What’s not expensive is lunch. Many places offer the same dinner items at lunch for a discounted price. This is usually so businesses can get their lunch crowd bigger and that may bring in more people for dinner. Splurge on lunch and make that your expensive meal. You can bring the whole family out to a great, delicious lunch at a high-end restaurant for a low cost.
Drive a Used Car
Just because a car is used does not mean that it is beaten up or falling apart. A lot of people take very good care of their vehicles, and when they send them back to the dealership for a newer model, you have access to buying their used cars. High end cars like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz are all available for a small fraction of what they were originally sold for. You can be driving around in luxury and no one would know your car was pre-owned.
Sign Up For a Discount Site
There are several sites that allow you to have access to certificates and coupons for discounted services from top-rated establishments. Sign up for one or all of these sites. Every day or every week, you will get notifications about what spots are offering the best deals. This is a great way to bring the whole family to a great dinner, a movie night, an amusement park, or entertainment event that would otherwise be out of your reach.
Save your money. The biggest thing you can do for your family is save. Although it’s great to find deals, on rainy days, you are going to need cold hard cash. Get a savings plan for yourself and you will always have the security of knowing you will be there for your family at a moment’s notice.