Making Ends Meet when You Have a Large Family

Brandy Morrow By Brandy Morrow, 24th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/khr0mgh3/
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This article discusses somethings we do to make ends meet with a family of 9.

Tips for stretching your dollars

Today many of us find ourselves in blended families, we have a kind of his, mine, and ours life. This has lead us to having very large families in a time when money is tight. I was living a very comfortable life with myself and my children, then I married a man who had four children of his own. Thankfully I have a five bedroom farm house that is very large so we did not have to face the financial burden of moving. This is how we make it work without public assistance and without going into any debt.

The first thing we had to look at was our meals. I had a pretty well stocked pantry when we were first married, I knew this would come to an end very quickly. I was used to spending about three hundred dollars a month to feed myself and my three children. This was enough to stock up when I found great deals and stocking up was how I kept the cost down. Now we are looking at more ways to stretch our dollars when it comes to food. One of the great ways I have found is to shop at a discount grocery store. This is a store that sells items that are outdated, or damaged. We have also found a lot of times it will be something simple like the wrong icing was used on 500 premade cakes and you can buy them for one dollar. This is not where we buy meat, or most of our canned food. I can get meat at our local store for $25 dollars for 5 packs, and we buy canned goods when they are on sale. We also do not buy junk food unless it is a special occasion, you will not find chips and soda in our house. Doing this has actually kept our food bill below 300 dollars and everyone eats well.

Another way we make ends meet is that I work from home. In our community it would cost us at least 500 dollars per week to put all of our kids in daycare while I worked. There are some good jobs around here but I would only be actually earning about 250 per week after daycare costs. Another cost is the fact that someone else would be raising our children and we just don't want that. So while my husband is at work, I stay home with the kids and work online.

The last way to make ends meet I would like to discuss is finding things to do that do not cost us any money. We do not go out to eat at fast food restaurants unless a member of the family has invited us. This saves us from wasting our money on food that does not nourish our bodies. We live on a farm so we take walks in the woods often and the kids really enjoy this. We go to our pond and fish, and we take the kids to the river to swim. We are active in free community activities which keeps our kids involved. Doing all of this keeps us busy enough that the kids never realize we have not spent a dime and it keeps our checking account safe from waste.

These are just a few things we do when it comes to making ends meet. With a family of nine sometimes you have to become creative and just make it work. I hope this article has given you some insight and the push you need to save as much money as you can even if you have a large family.

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Money, Saving Money, Saving With A Large Family

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author avatar Brandy Morrow
Has been writing for most of her life. One of her passions is writing about ways to make money from home, and how to save money. She also writes on a wide variety of topics.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Aug 2014 (#)

People need to think of their financial situation before having kids. With a blended family it is a bit different, but we so often encounter people with 3 or more kids and they are complaining about not having enough money. Perhaps they should not have had 3 kids.

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author avatar Brandy Morrow
25th Aug 2014 (#)

Very true. I personally have three of my own but support them quite well. We have our ups and downs when it comes to finances but we do pretty well.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th Nov 2014 (#)

Brandy, great article and tips. My,you do have a big family. Thank goodness you live in a big farm house.

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