It’s not enough for Mom to live frugally. Although Moms are the family member who often makes the majority of the shopping decisions, each member of the family must join in on the frugal lifestyle.
Frugal living can be more than just a choice to save money. It can be fun and some folks even make it more of a competition. Choosing to see if you can save more than you thought possible gives you a goal to reach. When you include your children and husband in this frugal competition, you’ll find that saving becomes easier, too.
If you have family meetings, it would be good to plan one to teach frugality lessons. Just taking one topic at a time means that the children won’t be overwhelmed. Here are some things to try with your family:
- Buying used clothes – Show them how they can save by getting some of their things gently used. Show them some of the clothing that Moms have purchased (just like new) and how more clothing can be purchased for the same amount of money.
- Encourage children to think ahead. If they will need a special dress or suit for an upcoming event, they can be watching ahead when the family shops. If you wait until the last minute, it’s harder to find a good deal.
- Buying used toys – Gently used toys are just as much fun.
- Buying used tools and cars – Dad and Mom can shop for big-ticket items that are used. Checking Craigslist, online groups, and the newspaper can help you find great savings!
Explain to the family that all the money saved by buying used could now help the family take a fun vacation (or some other desired thing). When a family has a goal that leads to a great reward, you should see a big difference in their attitudes toward saving.
Frugal living is all about joyful, simple living. Frugal life can be done through rules and nagging, but it will only bring negative attitudes and resentment. My goal is to make it a fun and painless experience.