So, today’s tip is super simple and painfully obvious, but will help save you time, money and at times, your sanity: Stay Home. 😎
Ok, I’ll expand a little. A few weekends ago we had two extra little people staying with us while their parents were away. That meant we had 5 children! (Hats off anyone reading this who has 5 or more children.)
In a sentence, I needed more arms. With a group of five children ages 6, 5, 4, 2 and 2, a lot of my day looked painfully similar to herding cats.
Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of fun, but at those ages there’s bound to be some challenges.
When our two small guests arrived, I had the idea that it might be fun to go out! We could go to the park and maybe check out our local petting zoo (both are free). However, when I was put before the task of installing two extra car seats, I got to thinking of all the costs of a “free” outing would be…
Gas Prices are rising!
I’m not sure where you live, but I think as a general rule, gas prices are on the rise and this is usually the time of year where they come to a peak. Right now where I live we pay $1.49per litre. (That’s about $5.64 per gallon)
Filling up the tank can cost over $70 and that’s a big chunk of change!
At that price, driving around town can be expensive. Every trip costs more. This makes me more mindful of how many trips I take into town and helps me to be intentional about grouping together errands and putting off “needs” for another day.
Time is valuable
When group together errands and stay home, I spend less time driving and hauling children in and out of the vehicle. A trip into town takes about 7-10 minutes each way. Add onto that any additional stops and buckling and unbuckling little ones, and you’ve got a half day’s work.
When I am more intentional about spending a day at home, I gain time. I can spend those extra precious minutes doing things I enjoy like playing with my kids, making homemade treats (Like these easy easy raw walnut brownie energy balls. ), or going for walks. I can also spend that extra time doing things that I need to do, but don’t necessarily enjoy. For example, if I’m home more, my house tends to be cleaner and less chaotic. I also have the time to cook from scratch for cheap healthy meals.
Eating out is less tempting
That day when I had those 5 kids, I know that if I went out, I would be tempted to just buy a quick lunch on the go. Packing a lunch to go can seem overwhelming (although it doesn’t have to be fancy) and coming home only to make a lunch doesn’t seem like a lot of fun.
If I stay home, I will eat the food that I’ve already bought for my family and thus will have less food waste.
So there you have it. Prevent spending money you don’t have by simply staying home.
At home you’re away from the alluring stores, tempting treats and guzzling gas machines. You can eat your own food, play with your own toys and wear the clothes you already own. With the time you save you might even have the extra time to clean and repair them!)
You might then say that there’s still online shopping at home. Which then I would suggest you shut down your computer and go for a walk. Or better yet, turn off your phone, find a comfortable spot to close your eyes and have a nap.
It’s extremely hard to buy things with your eyes closed.