Make Do, Mend and Manage Money

Sticking to a budget when you’ve got kids can be hard – especially when they get older and outside influences start affecting their wants and needs. It’s hard to explain to them at this age that they don’t need the latest gadget and gizmo to be able to fit in; when we can look back at our own lives, we realise that the newest piece of technology probably didn’t add a lot to our lives in terms of fulfilment, but how can you get this across to somebody who doesn’t know any different? With that in mind, here are some tips for you to get through the early years and (hopefully) give you a little pot of savings at the end of it all.


Shop Around

There are so many places that have different offers on – and you don’t necessarily have to leave your house to be able to see what they are. The rise of internet shopping and comparison websites has meant that it is easier than ever before to see where you need to go to bag the best deals. If the supermarket isn’t near to you, that’s fine – a lot of them deliver. Obviously the budget stores like Aldi and Lidl don’t offer this service, but a quick scoop around these markets will save you an amount you may just be surprised at. Remember that every little helps when it comes to saving money. Don’t be tempted to buy into something just because there’s a big red sign with an offer on it.

Go Through Discount Sites

As well as comparison sites, there are also ones that lead you to the places that have specific offers on whatever you are looking for … plus can give you vouchers, codes and discounts if you are looking to shop in a certain store. is just one of many that are available for you to peruse. Simply go on, type the store that you will be shopping in and see what deals you can get ahead of time. For a couple of minutes search, the money saved is definitely worth it.


Make Do And Mend

It’s an old adage which has proved true time and time again. Instead of replacing something at full price, why not see if you can repair it? This goes for clothes, gadgets, furniture – anything you can think of! If you’re not sure how to go about mending something, the internet is your friend; look up a tutorial on YouTube to get to grips with what needs to be done. There really is no excuse in this day and age not to be able to completely repair something that is within your capability, especially as parts and materials can easily be ordered online and delivered straight to your door. There are also repair workshops that are happening around the country to help people make use of what they already have within their household to get something back to its original glory – think of it as a family day out!