Living Frugally as a Mom

Living the frugal way is not always an easy task; however you can do a lot of good if you know how to approach the subject. Being a mom makes things even more difficult, so you will need to adapt to an entirely new situation with such frugal lifestyle in mind, from house cleaning and kitchen cleaning to many other tasks around. Depending on where you live you may find many ways to get things to work for you. The tips ahead will give you more information on the subject:

Find free events for your children instead of paying for entertainment when you don’t want to. For example local libraries often host free kid’s story time or playtime events. You can take your kids there and enjoy that time with them.

Go to the library and take out some movies and books. You don’t really need much of a subscription, just use the items you already have in the local library and you will have plenty of entertainment on hand. You might be surprised at the amount of movies and great books you can find there.

You can also find discounted clothes with your nearby outlets or thrift stores, getting great second hand clothes at only fraction of the price. You can do your shopping during the week and after holidays since the prices will be at their lowest. Shopping ahead of season will also be a great advantage in your efforts.

You don’t really need to eat out as often, since you can create own meals and enjoy them in the comfort of your home at a smaller price as well. You can divide the work between you and your family for a more wholesome and warm experience than anything you’ll find out there.

Another activity you can enjoy is camping with the family, as it will be significantly cheaper than staying at a hotel or the usual resort vacations. You can also save a good bit on food as well, since you can do your cooking there too, enjoying the outdoors. As with anything, it has its ups and downs, but it is an overall wonderful way to spend your time out there.

You can find relatively inexpensive toys if you check classifieds websites such as Craigslist, Freecycle and more, since people often offer great deals on them that can be used to your advantage when you’re looking for good stuff. Video games, consoles, computers and toys can be found, depending on the area you live. For the most part you’ll have a chance to find what you need as long as you’re patient about it.

You can even make some profit on classifieds websites if you buy and resell an item of your choice, which in term will allow you to make things easier on you. Just remember to keep things within reasonable limits if you want to make a sale.



Start working on house cleaning together, as this will allow you to do something as a family that is both useful and practical. Carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and so much more that can be handled together.

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20 Responses to Living Frugally as a Mom

  1. Those are great tips! The library offers so many free events and activities these days too, not just books!

  2. Tiffany says:

    Great tips for doing things as a family that don’t cost a lot. We rarely if ever go on family vacations but we do try to take little mini trips to the mountains or over the border just to break free of routine that don’t actually cost a lot!

  3. Taylor says:

    Great tips! I’m pretty terrible when it comes to spending money, but we’re working on saving more and spending less! These are awesome ideas. I love that you can still have fun as a family, without spending a lot of money.

  4. Oh, Leslie, you’re talking my language–going to the library! Isn’t it amazing that this fabulous resource still exists, and it’s SO underutilized.
    Books! Reading! Kids! They all go together 🙂
    Thank You!
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  5. Brent says:

    Used and free, free and used. There isn’t a single thing wrong with it at all. Great tips!
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  6. Jenna says:

    This is great 🙂 We are always going to the library to find books, movies, and events. We also buy secondhand to save some money since kids grow so fast!

  7. Meg says:

    Great tips! I have found a lot of areas have Macaroni Kid websites, which list free events in a calendar format for that area – including the library events, but also at places like Barnes & Noble, Home Depot and more. We sure do love the library though – so many great resources for families!!

  8. Pam says:

    Love reading post on frugal living, I really enjoyed reading this and this are some really good tips. Thank you for sharing!

  9. What great tips. My son use to love the library storytimes when he was younger especially when they gave out apple slices and juice.
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  10. Amen to cleaning the house TOGETHER! 🙂

  11. I used to take my liluns to the library for book readings an to borrow books they learnt how to read perfectly by the time they were each 5. I love preparing meals at home and as a stay at home mom thats a pleasure ton do. I dont know about living frugally as a mom, I love spoiling my family to all kinds. Yet reading your post somehow I seem to be living frugally so awesome to see that I do most of these out of choice as a work at Home Mom 🙂

  12. Kellie says:

    Today I found a deal at target. $5 for a pajama set. They even had 1 pair for each of my 4 daughters. I don’t always just buy a deal, but this one I had to buy.

  13. Jessica says:

    These tips are awesome and SO needed! Im a mess when it comes to finances

  14. There are a lot of free things to do with your children. Also check out your locale museums, many have family/free days, be prepared – the free days often get a bit hectic.

  15. Agnes says:

    These are awesome tips! People often forget about the library nowadays.

  16. Jessica says:

    Awesome tips! I remember camping all the time as a kid and we did not have that much money. It was really fun! Also, libraries are awesome for free entertainment and I’m glad you mentioned that. Our local library sometimes even has free food outside for certain events!
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  17. shiv says:

    a clean house tells bout a clean soul!

  18. Irena says:

    Great tips, frugally doesn’t mean you can’t do things like before; you just do them differently. 🙂

  19. Oh, we love finding free events for our little guy to go to! Those are some of the best, anyway!
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  20. A friend of mine is obsessed with Facebook mom Resell groups – she’s always sending me postings to see if I want something and I’ve saved so much on random things like that!

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