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Mom Exchange: How Our Family Saves Money

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Mom Exchange: How Our Family Saves Money

Great tips from moms who know
“We keep a list of restaurants where kids eat for free on certain nights. This way, celebration meals won’t break the bank. My kids now watch for coupons to these restaurants — they’re getting reading practice and learning to be careful with money.” –Dawn Albrecht, Milwaukee

“Twenty dollars from each paycheck goes toward making a switch to a greener and cheaper home. So far, we’ve changed all our bulbs to CFLs and bought light-sensing nightlights for the kids. These small changes cut our electric bill by $75 a month.” –Tosha Watters, Newcastle, OK

“Instead of using coupons right away, I check our grocery store’s weekly specials and then use them on those sale items. I once had my bill go from $150 to $35. I was so happy, I hung the receipt on my fridge for a month!” –Julie Maloney, Charlotte, NC

“For kid-friendly snacks, I buy blocks of cheese and generic Goldfish and Nilla Wafers in bulk. Then I divide them into small snack bags myself.” –Michele Shea, Brimfield, MA

“My husband and I set aside an amount of cash each week to pay for groceries, eating out, and miscellaneous shopping. It makes us more aware of our spending — when the cash is gone, it’s gone” –Heather Beno, Vacaville, CA T

“I stopped buying bottled water and purchased good-quality metal thermoses. I refill them each morning to stick in the kids’ lunch boxes to save money and help the environment.” –Lisa Kimoto, Plainview, NY


“Before I buy something online, I always check to see if I can find a discount coupon. Just Google the company’s name and ‘coupon’ (for example, ‘Target coupon’), and you’re sure to find something to help lower your bill.” –Deidre Woods, Greenfield, IN


“We bought our car through a credit union. They sent our ‘order’ to all the dealerships, who then bid to give us the best deal. It saved us a lot of time and money.” –Chelle Daly, Chandler AZ


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