Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Resolutions for Living Frugally #sponsored

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With the holidays over and a new year on the horizon, it's time to make a fresh start and think about getting back on track with spending. Making New Year's resolutions and keeping them doesn't have to be stressful. It can be fun, especially when you include the kids. It's a good time to reinforce your resolve to be a frugal family. Here are five New Year's resolutions for living frugally that you can make together as a family.
5 New Year's Resolutions for Living Frugally:

1. Spend Less-
Shop smart so you can spend less. Pay attention to what you're buying and where you're buying it. Routine trips to the discount store can help you spend less on everyday staples, school supplies, party supplies and craft projects. Resist the urge to buy what you need on a whim, especially when you're at stores where things are priced a little higher in exchange for their convenience.

2. Plan Ahead-
There are fun family activities you'll want to do with your children in the upcoming months, from birthday parties and indoor crafts to outdoor projects and family trips. Plan ahead for them. Mark them on a calendar. Work them into your monthly budget, and don't forget to budget in some fun. Pick up craft supplies and inexpensive party decorations when your budget allows, and make a conscious decision to buy them for less.

3. Get Organized-
Take an inventory of what you have at home, and organize your stash. Maybe it's time to buy a storage cabinet or put up some shelves in your laundry room. Whether it's cartons of cleaning supplies, a pile of notebooks for school or the extra paper products you bought last summer, put them in a distinct place and take stock of what you have. Use them up before you buy more.

4. Buy Only What You Need-
Coupons and sales are great ways to save money, but they only help you spend less if you need to buy the items on special. While it's tempting to pick up five cans for the price of three, it's not worth it if you don't use the product. If you don't need it, don't buy it. If you're into clipping coupons, only gather the ones for items you use. This will help you to resist the temptation to buy things you will probably never use.

5. Buy In Bulk-
There are some great deals to be had by buying in bulk, especially online. Choose a few items that you purchase regularly and take a look at the unit price for single items, family sizes and bulk cartons. Consider if they'll fit into your budget ahead of schedule and be sure you have a place to store them.

This is a sponsored post, Nikki is an independent writer for DollarTree.com. Dollar Tree offers great deals on office supplies, party supplies and more.
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