Being a stay at home mom isn’t always roses and sunshine. Sure, we love being able to raise our children but there are times things get stressful. Money is usually pretty tight when there is only one income. We are always looking for ways to save money or bring in a little extra money! This list should give you some tips on how you can be saving and making money as a stay at home mom.
Turn Your Hobby into a Business
Just because you’re at home taking care of the house doesn’t mean you can’t be a business woman at the same time. Think about your hobbies and skills and start a business out of it. Maybe you love to bake, sew or create graphics. Whatever it might be, try turning it into an online business. More and more stay at home moms are now starting businesses that they can run all while staying at home with their children.
Find a Work at Home Job (WAHJ)
There are several companies that will hire you to work from home. Some companies have a set time you have to work and others allow you to pick your own schedule. Working from home is a nice way to bring in some extra money and do it around your families schedule. Here are a few places that hire out of Canada.
If you’re just looking for coffee money I highly recommend joining Survey Junkie. If you want to do a few paid surveys for fun Survey Junkie is awesome for that.
For a full list of work at home jobs you can visit: Real Ways to Earn Money Online | Jobs That Hire Out of Canada.
Paying for mommy & me classes or any other classes for socializing the little ones can become very expensive! Try setting up playdates with other moms. This is a great way to save on those expensive classes and you have a chance to bond with other women in your community. You can set up playdates at your local park, library or at your home.
Get a Membership
As stay at home moms we love getting out of the house from time to time. No-one wants to be cooped up in the house all day, every day. You might want to consider investing in a membership to a local zoo, water park or any other local entertainment. Having an annual membership means you always have something to do without any large expenses involved.
Being a stay at home mom isn’t always the easiest thing. There are times when you just want to have an afternoon to yourself or maybe you have an appointment and can’t bring your little one. Paying for daycare when you’re a stay at home mom is something just financially out of the question.
Look into swapping babysitting services with another stay at home mom. Maybe you can wash her children one day a week so she can have one day to relax or run errands and vice versa. This will help you save on those very expensive drop in daycare costs.
How do you save or make money as a stay at home mom?
Clear out your closet and earn some cash by selling your unwanted clothing on consignment! Not only is selling on consignment a great way to earn some extra cash, you could essentially use the cash to purchase the clothing you really want! Maybe a guilt free solution to your shopping habits?
With almost every season, I find a small pile of clothes to bring in to a local consignment shop. It’s pretty exciting to stop by later in the year to pick up the cash I earned for items I would have otherwise simply donated.
Here are my tips to help you get the most money out of the items you bring to consignment:
Make sure your items are clean
Give your gently-worn clothes a wash to freshen them up and to get any stains out, you’ll have more luck selling items that are in great shape.
Make sure your items are ironed
Going along with my previous point, having clothes that are newly ironed will help your items sell for top dollar.
Make sure your items are current/in style
You will have the best luck selling more “current” clothing; nobody wants to wear your grandmother’s polyester pants!
Don’t hold on to something you know you won’t wear
The longer you hold on to an item you know you won’t wear, the less it will be worth when you decide to finally clear your closet.
Not only is consignment great for buying pieces for your wardrobe at affordable prices, it’s also a great way to part with some of your gently-worn clothes and make some money while you’re at it!
What are your selling on consignment tips? Have you ever brought any items to consignment shops?
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Online Blogging Class
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Would you love to get cash back on your online purchases? Sign-up with Ebates.ca and when you do your shopping from Ebates you can earn cash back from hundreds of online stores you already shop at! This is a great way to keep a little more cash in your pocket for the online purchases you are already making!
As a small bonus when you sign-up they will put $5 into your account. As soon as you make your first $5 purchase through Ebates (from any store that offers cash back) then that $5 is yours plus whatever cash-back percentage offered for that store. You will get that $5 cash back as a check in your mailbox even if you don’t earn any other rebates from Ebates! That’s a fabulous rebate and so easy to do!
How easy is Ebates to use? It’s really only 3 steps:
1. Visit Ebates and sign-up (or sign-in if you are already registered)
2. Type in the name of the store at the top of the page in the search bar (i.e. Sephora) then click the magnifying glass to search.
3. Click on the store to shop. You will see how much cash back you will earn (8% at Sephora) as well as any coupons that are available to use at that store. Click on the name of the store and you’re on your way to earning that percentage cash back on your purchase!
Ebates is very easy to use, and you can still use coupon codes and get your cash back. The best part is that Ebates gives you the option to receive a check in the mail every 3 months or deposited into your PayPal account when you have at least $5.01 in your Ebates account. There is absolutely no paper work or follow-up for you to do to get your cash rebates, you simply find your online store on Ebates and then click on your store to start your shopping.
Go check it out now!