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Easy Ways to Cut Family Expenses

written by: •edited by: Jason C. Chavis•updated: 5/24/2010

With tough economic times, everyone is looking for ways to save money. Oftentimes families overspend, getting them into debt and compromising their future. If you are in charge of the family budgets, it can seem impossible to cut expenditures. However, reducing your expenses is easier than it looks.

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    In the current economic recession, it is important to make some serious cutbacks in your family’s budget. Take a look at your family’s lifestyle and think of ways that you can make it more efficient and affordable. Although you and your family may have to give up a few comforts, cutting back the family expenses will be worth it in the long run.

    Stop Going Out

    Start with your family’s eating habits. Going out to eat can be really expensive – especially when you add gas prices to the equation. Try utilizing dinner specials, going out to eat only on special occasions and take advantage of sales, discounts and coupons when you go grocery shopping. Learn to become a quick and concise shopper to reduce you impulsive purchases.

    Eat Healthy

    You may find that eating healthy is much less expensive. Your kids may love those chips, cookies and expensive cereals, but explain to them your budget situation. Avoid expensive microwave dinners and pre-packaged foods. It is much less expensive when cooking for a family to buy fresh produce and meats and to cook it yourself.

    Look for Sales

    When you shop for your kids, always visit the clothing clearance racks. You can find quality clothing for great prices. If you have a gardener and a cleaning maid, consider just doing the work yourself or having your family help out more around the house. Giving everyone chores is a easy way to make sure everything around the house gets done.

    Carpool

    You can cut your gas budget with some careful planning regarding your family’s schedule. Try starting a carpool with some of the other families in your neighborhood. For example, parents can rotate taking their children to school every other day or every other week. Overall, these adjustments might be hard at first but after a while you will notice that you are better off because of them.