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Food and family expenses

Being a smart shopper can help balance the budget for food and kids' essentials

Raising a family

Raising a family can be expensive but there are many ways to save money, without compromising your family's needs, while still helping the environment.

  • Making meals at home with fresh fruit and veggies is healthier for the whole family and will help avoid plastic and packaging waste from takeaway or ready-made meals.
  • Children love helping in the garden too, so consider composting your food scraps or starting a worm farm. You can use the fertiliser to grow flowers or veggies in the garden.
  • If you have a child in nappies, consider reusable nappies. They are much cheaper in the long run when compared to disposable nappies and much better for the environment.
  • Children often outgrow clothes before they wear them out so buying and donating pre-loved clothing can save lots of money and reduce waste.
  • Check your local library to see if they have a toy library where you can borrow toys rather than buying new ones.
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Last updated: 16 Aug 2023