It’s the final Friday of January and it seems apt that this week I welcome Laura from Savings 4 Savvy Mums to share her five books to help you save money as a parent. January always seems like such a long month money wise.
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For now, over to Laura…
I love saving money, but as a parent, I find it really hard to rein in my spending. There is always something; pre-school uniform, new shoes or just food to keep the cupboards full. So here’s my top five books that have helped me save a few pounds here or there, and make being a parent a tiny bit less of a financial strain.
Eat Well for Less by Jo Scarratt-Jones
Based on the popular TV show, this book is fab if you want to start cooking basic food from scratch. I found this book a life saver when I first had The Kid, as I never had to meal plan or even cut my costs before! This book is more than just a recipe book, trust me. It has lots of information including preparation, hygiene and integrates the modern way of storing food such as frozen, using and storing leftovers as well as how to sneak in your five a day.
This book took away the scare factor of cooking from scratch and meal planning, something that I think is vital when you’re trying to save money!
The Money Diet – revised and updated: The ultimate guide to shedding pounds off your bills and saving money on everything! by Martin Lewis
This book is my bible. It’s a practical money saving guide for those of us with zero time. No sacrifices are needed, as Lewis gives simple advice on how to pay less for items you normally buy. The amount of research that has gone into this book is amazing; I can honestly say that we’ve saved a lot of money by doing some of the simple things that are suggested.
A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes by Jack Monroe
This book is so full of cheap goodies that you’ll feel like a kid in a sweetshop when you’ve finished. Not only is this all about cutting your food bill but also about trying to up the nutritional value in the foods you cook. My kids seem to have a “thing” against anything green, so this really did help me come up with some cheap ideas that not only satisfied my pocket but their taste buds too.
1001 Ways to Save Money: Thrifty Tips for the Fabulously Frugal! by Hugh Morrison
If you want to save money but have no idea where to start, then this is for you! It’s packed full of hundreds of tips on how to save money while eating healthy, ending waste in the kitchen and home, cutting bills and life hacks. I can’t handle spreadsheets or dull long saving budget plans, and luckily this book goes nowhere near them, instead it just gives practical advice that will add up to huge savings for you and your family.
How Clean is Your House? By Aggie Mackenzie & Kim Woodburn
Okay, so this isn’t a money saving book per se, but it does have some fantastic little tips and hints on how to keep your house sparkling on a tight budget. As many people, including my family, will vouch for, I didn’t inherit the cleaning gene, so any book that makes chores quicker and easier plus won’t cost me the earth is worth its weight in gold. It covers loads of stuff a simpleton like me would never think of, like putting cut lemons in the microwave on full power for 3 minutes to loosen dirt and make the microwave smell lush. Yep, you can have that one on me.