As anyone who’s been through the experience before will know, parenting is very much a game of trial and error. Having little ones running around the place is generally delightful, but you can rest assured that they’ll have you tearing your hair out with worrying regularity!
Parenting on a tight family budget can be particularly tough, especially in today’s world of ever-growing prices. Perhaps you’re after the best penny-pinching techniques or maybe you just want to stretch your pound that little bit further – well, stress no more! There’s an ever-expanding community of parent bloggers who provide their advice, suggestions and comical anecdotes to help you deal with the challenges of raising your kids, and without emptying your bank account.
We’ve collected a list of some of our favourite Instagrammers for the best budgeting tips and for a comforting reminder that there are parents across the country that are in the same boat. So, grab a cup of tea and put your feet up while you find out some of our faves to follow (in no particular order).
Don’t fear the family budget, embrace it!
Becoming a parent is one of the proudest and most memorable life experiences for many of us, but it’s safe to say that most of the time, in fact, we’re completely winging it – especially when it comes to money!
There’s no better feeling than knowing that some much needed guidance and support is available at the drop of a hat, with mummy and daddy bloggers on hand with their over-flowing knowledge and personal experiences.
Laura Light, blogger at Savings 4 Savvy Mums, is on a one-woman mission to help you enjoy quality family time and eat well without breaking the bank. Her blog is packed full of handy money-saving tips, from budget food ideas (at only £1 a head!) to helping stay-at-home mums make some extra cash from home.
Show your frugal side
Blogger Cass was inspired to set up Diary of a Frugal Family, both to record family memories and to document the challenges of balancing work commitments, family time and household budgeting. The blog combines clever money-saving ideas with heartwarming posts about the family and the time they spend together.
Save money with Single Mummy
Writer and mum-of-two, Jo Middleton, has blogged at Slummy Single Mummy for a whopping ten years about lifestyle and parenting tips as well as musings on the general state of the world. Here you’ll also find a whole section dedicated to money-saving suggestions.
Don’t end up as a Skint Dad!
Husband and wife duo, Ricky and Naomi Willis, launched one of the UK’s largest money blogs in 2013, Skint Dad, in a bid to help those struggling to make ends meet. Whether you’re on the hunt for innovative ways to make some extra cash on the side, or want the satisfaction of a takeaway on a Friday night but without the bill that comes with it, Skint Dad has you covered!
Big savings with LittleStuff
Another really useful blog for handy tips and financial advice is LittleStuff, which also has a section devoted to family money issues. There’s lots more besides too, including handy competitions and giveaways, discount codes to save you a bit of wonga, and tasty, affordable recipes you can whip together in the kitchen.
Are you a Mummy Too?
If you’re a keen foodie, then A Mummy Too is one of the must-read parenting blogs for you! Here, you’ll find lots of clever ideas for tasty treats courtesy of blogger Emily Leary. There’s also a lifestyle section featuring lots of great tips and advice, including on financial issues.
More than just a normal mum
Another essential parenting blog for the foodies among you is Recipes from a Normal Mum, where Holly Bell (a former Great British Bake-Off finalist) presents a brilliant selection of mouth-watering recipes. From pasta and curries to desserts and pastries, this blog is bursting with smart and inventive recipe suggestions.
Welcome to the madhouse
Mum-of-two Jen Walshaw, AKA Mum in the Madhouse, regularly documents her family life with her two teenage sons and shares the insights she’s gained along the way. She also provides useful tips about parenting on a budget, as well as affordable recipes and clever arts and crafts ideas.
Save for a rainy day
For fun, creative arts and crafts ideas (ideal for families looking for entertainment on a budget), Rainy Day Mum offers a huge selection of them. Here you’ll also find lots of other cool content on family activities in addition to practical family recipe ideas.
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