Most of us only work because we have to. We need the money to pay our bills, and when we have kids we need it even more. Sometimes it’s difficult to balance work and children, especially if you’re not working from home. You end up needing even more money to pay someone to watch your children, and that can cut into other expenses such as paying for birthday party supplies for kids and adults. But there are many ways to save on various things for your kids so that you can feel more comfortable providing your kids with what they need, and want.
Kids are always growing so one thing they’ll always need is new clothes. Here are some great resources to help you save on children clothing. thechildrenswearoutlet.com is a great place to find cheap children clothing online for newborns, infants, toddlers, and kids. Another great place to shop online for your children is cheapkidsclothes.com. They offer “50-75% off department store prices on name brand new and used baby clothing and children's clothes.”
For those parents living in the New York City area who can’t afford to spend so much on toys and recreational activities but want to be able to keep their children entertained, there are many fun things to do with your kids that either won’t cost you much, or anything at all. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is a fun place to take your kids. Admission is only $7.50 per person and free for museum members and children under the age of 1. For a free Brooklyn children’s museum experience for everyone visit the museum this summer on Fridays from July 6 to August 24 between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 PM, or on “every third thursday of the month from 4:00–7:00 PM and on the FIRST FULL WEEKEND of every month 2:00–5:00pm, except on holiday weekends.
Another museum you can visit with your children is the Staten Island Children’s Museum where admission is only $6.00 for anyone over the age of one, and if you want your kids to spend some quality time with their grandparents send them to the museum on Wednesdays where grandparents get in for free! For more information visit statenislandkids.org and for a possible Staten Island Children’s Museum discount coupon keep an eye out and visit FreeStyleCoupons.com, where you may also be able to find The Children's Place printable coupons and discount codes.
Another thing that can burn a hole in your wallet is birthdays. Every child has one and when you have more than one child you have more than one birthday to throw each year. Once you and your child decide what you want to do you’re going to want to save as much money as possible. One thing you and your child can do together is make the birthday invitations yourself. You don’t need to pay for those when you probably have the supplies to make them yourself at home anyway. Plus, it will be a fun activity for your kid. It will get them really excited about their birthday and you’ll get a free children birthday party invitation out of it.
Also, if it’s the summertime your child might want to have a pool party. If it’s something that you think you can afford on a budget, and if you don’t already have a pool, take some time to search for some children’s swimming pools for sale. justkidspools.com has inflatable wading pools for as low as $14.99. And a pool party is never really complete without pizza, but luckily for you there are pizza coupons all over the place. Just use google and you’ll see that Domino’s Pizza, Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s are always having great deals on pizza. You could even decide to make your own pizza at home. The cost of the ingredients you’d need to make one would probably cost either just as much or less than a pizza delivered to your door.
Lastly, if it’s the summertime and your child is no longer in school you’ll need to find something for him or her to do. A free summer camp is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. You’ll get free daycare (consider it your very own daycare discount!) and your kids will have something fun to do for the summer. Even if you can’t find a summer camp that is totally free you can definitely find camps that are affordable. Some resources you may want to check out are FreeStyleCoupons.com who offer free summer camp referral services.