Ask a Multitasking Money Saving Mom of Three… How has your life changed?
I decided that my sanity is expendable but making sure there was some normalcy for my children was not negotiable. The last couple of months have been challenging. I haven’t been able to be the mom I wanted to be to all of my children. I had a lot of time to think while hanging in the hospital and I decided that my best is all I can expect.
I decided I needed to multi-task and give up a couple of things. The first thing I gave up was a shower by myself. It turns out if I want a morning shower leaving my daughter anywhere near the baby is not a good idea. The solution is my daughter now showers with mommy. I now have a clean daughter. That is until breakfast. The payoff, I do not have to give her a bath at night.
Another duty I gave up is I no longer make my bed. I now have my bed made by our son. He gets money towards his video game and I do not have to attempt to make the bed with a baby in one arm and a toddler around my leg. This saves time and my sanity.
How have I saved money with the addition of our third child? That is easy! I can’t go out shopping because we are worried since he is a preemie that he could get sick easier. If you stay out of the store then you save money. I have also really had to streamline my errands and buy online when I can. When I buy online I am able to find the best price and shipping is usually free. This also reduces any impulse buying.
I found I can save time and money in the kitchen making several meals out of the same ingredients. I now have to do things quickly and efficiently. I made sauce this week used it on pasta, raviolis, and burgers. Then I froze some for the next couple of weeks. I also decided that my husband needs to watch the children when I go grocery shopping- it is quicker and I can save more money.
I also determined what we will actually do this summer and what events are pipe dreams. I would love to say that we are going to the pool everyday. Instead I opted to buy a day trip book. I know we will not go enough to buy an entire membership. I also started renting movies for free when we get free codes for the red box kiosk or the blockbuster kiosk. We are also reading a lot of books from the library. We are reading books and then doing art projects based on the books we read.
This is my family’s new favorite multitasking item that I do. I make fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast. Then I use the leftover smoothies to make popsicles for our afternoon snack. I often use fruit that is ready to spoil because freezing it preserves the fruit and that saves money. I also found if you take your berry smoothie mix and pour it over vanilla yogurt or ice cream it makes for a wonderful treat.
What sanity saving tips do you have for a mom with two children that are under the age of two?