My husband and I knew we had to getaway for a while, regroup and reconnect. When you have two young kids it can be hard on a marriage. However, living on one income can be hard too. As a stay at home mom, I knew that if we were going to be able to afford to getaway together we would have to get creative with our budget. Here are few ways you can set a little money aside every week for a special couple’s getaway with your main squeeze.
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This is something that we used to do back in college, for “book” money. However, it still is a simple fast way to make extra cash. All you have to do is pass a simple physical and your set. They pay anywhere from $60-80 a week for you to come in and donate. You can sit there for an hour watching tv, working, or reading. It’s just like donating blood, but easier.
Just Between Friend’s Sale
There is cash in your closets, literally. I love to clean out our closets and get rid of all of those kids clothes they have out grown. The best part, is that you can sell them at the Just Between Friends Sales. All I have to do is price and drop it off! They mail me a check a few weeks later. I just sold two totes of kid’s clothes that they no longer fit into and I made $180 from it!
We Pack Ahead- No Drive Through
We never use the drive thru, even when we are out with the kids running errands. We always pack plenty of snacks, and water. If we are going to be out shopping, at the park, or driving around near meal time. I pack their lunch boxes with a meal. They love having a picnic in the back of the car, and it saves us some major cash!
Grocery Budget And Stick To It
Every week I have a set amount of money to use towards groceries and that is it! Some weeks the chips and Diet Coke get put back because we are over budget. That is just the way it is. It has been kind of a game how low we can get the grocery budget every week. (click here for some easy and cheap family friendly meal ideas). Meal planning and food budgeting is hard, trust me I get it. It takes some scarifies and it takes time to prepare meals. However, the cash reward is totally worth it.
Book It Cheap!
There are a ton of last minute travel deals. You can book a weekend getaway super cheap if you book it last minute and you are open to destinations. Check out sites like Groupon or Expedia for great travel deals!