Need a few fresh money-saving tips? Our simple solutions should help you to make ends meet.
Make sure you claim all your entitlements in full. Child Benefit is payable to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age, or under 18 years of age if the child is in full-time education and you may be eligible for other financial help as well.
Save on babysitters
Set up a babysitting circle among trusted friends and you and your partner will be able to go out in return for simply offering your services. It’s a win-win scenario!
Plan ahead in the sales
Mid-season discounts and special promotions are becoming the norm on the high street, so make a list of everything you need and stick to it. Stock up on cut-price gear for your toddler for the following year, in the next size up; or on classic pieces you’ll actually wear for yourself. And, of course, don’t forget to stock up on baby and toddler essentials at Tesco. Register now to be the first to hear about great savings and special offers on baby and toddler essentials.
Ask a friend with a toddler who’s slightly older than your own for those barely used hand-me-downs. Most mums are glad to see their quality cast-offs going to a good home.
Don’t pay for accommodation
A change is as good as a rest, so if money’s tight and they have room, why not take a mini-break with friends or family? Bear in mind, you’ll need to be a great guest, who offers to make up the beds, or does the dishes, and who doesn’t out-stay their welcome. You will also need to be prepared to offer your friends and family a bed in return.
Making things from scratch is very satisfying and should save you money. From greetings cards to jam and bunting, try making your own to give as birthday or Christmas presents.
Plan your shop
Write a list before shopping, or order groceries online at tesco.ie and stick to your ‘favourites’. You can find all the special offers very easily at the click of a mouse there too. And don’t shop when you’re hungry…!
Take a packed lunch to work
This could save you around €20 a week! And if you’ve got an office microwave, so much the better. Just remember to avoid the coffee shop on your way in…
Cancel memberships and subscriptions you’re not using
Are you actually going to the gym regularly; do you watch all the channels you pay for; and are you really using all the minutes on your mobile tariff? If not, cancel, amend or freeze them!
If your water’s on a meter take a shower instead of a bath; put a water saver in your toilet cistern; only wash clothes once you’ve got a full load; and never run the dishwasher half-empty.