Providing for a family and all the costs involved in running a household and having a home can become a big strain. From utilities to property tax to food and leisure, everything costs money. There are many different ways in which your family can reduce costs if you work together. You just need a good plan and everyone on board.
Get a Plan
You need to sit done as a family and come up with a plan. Make a list of areas where you think costs can be cut down. Hear from each family member where they think you can save. Examples may include using power more efficiently, eating our less, getting rid of cable, doing certain things around the house yourselves instead of hiring someone, etc.
You need to work together as a team and you need an action plan to implement your ideas. Every person should be doing what they can to stick to the plan, but it is a good idea to have someone in charge of every aspect. For example, if you decide that you need to be more energy efficient, you can have one of your children do research on homemade gadgets that will help save energy or generate alternative energy. Another family member can be in charge of checking that no unnecessary appliances or light are on and that all electrical equipment is unplugged when not used. You get the idea.
Once you start implementing your plans, you need to monitor if they are effective. The head of the house or the person who handles the family finances should keep track on whether the utility bill has reduced and whether there is more money available at the end of the month. When you can tell your family that their efforts are working, they will be more inclined to stick to it. The money you save can go towards paying off debt or into a family savings jar for a holiday or fun day out.
Get your family involved in reducing costs. It is a good way for your children to learn about working together and managing finances. It is also a great way to bond and take care of each other.