Mums and Dads, have you been feeling the pinch of the rising costs lately? Does a quick grocery run to pick up a few essential items set you back by at least a hundred dollars? If you’ve been feeling this way, you’re not alone. The inflation is taking its toll, especially on families with growing children. Children are constantly hungry, and they need wholesome and nutritious food to fuel them. Here are some tips to stretch your dollar and provide your children with affordable, well-rounded nutrition!
1. Quality Milk without the Premium Price Tag
Growing children need milk to supplement their nutritional needs. Parents naturally want the best for their children and often fork out the amount needed for premium priced milk. But you don’t necessarily have to pay a premium price. Lactogen 3 is an affordable growing up milk, proudly made by Nestlè. It provides the essential nutrients and vitamins for your child’s growing needs including:
- DHA for brain development
- Calcium to support development of strong bones and teeth
- 15 vitamins and minerals for growth and development
- L.reuteri Probiotics which helps to maintain a healthy digestive system. These Probiotics are licensed by BioGaia, the leader in probiotics. You can be sure you are feeding your child the good stuff!
- No added sucrose
The best part about Lactogen is that it offers all-rounded nutrition for overall growth at an affordable price at $37.60 for a 1.8kg tin – that works out to only $0.67 per serving! (1 serving = 210ml). Can we add that it’s also currently the most affordable GUM in SG? By being pocket-friendly, it makes parenting so much less stressful! Sign up at the Lactogen website to enjoy a free 800g sample.
2. Make Plans for Spending
If you’ve never been in the habit of planning out your spending, now is a good time to start! Planning your spending isn’t the same as budgeting. It’s about scheduling when you do things like dining and shopping. This way, you are less likely to buy things on impulse. You can also plan your shopping according to when there are various discounts and offers.
3. Budgeting for the Win
Many people have a general budget portioning how much of their salary goes to food, entertainment, paying bills and so on. But it’s a good idea to track all your spending. Putting your income and expenditure side by side will help you to see clearly if you are spending within your means. If you don’t like using a spreadsheet, there are many applications that you can explore as well. Try it!
4. Save Money on Grocery Runs
Always ensure that you have a list before you head out to the grocery store. This will deter you from purchasing things you don’t need. It will make your grocery shopping trip more mindful and focused. It will also be easier to keep track of the budget. Also, you can make more economical choices to provide your family with affordable, well-rounded nutrition. Cut back on fancier choices such as gourmet cheese and yoghurt, deli meat, and expensive ice-cream. Keep it simple and wholesome by buying more fruit, vegetables and poultry. Of course you can indulge every now and then, you might want to reduce these luxury items in your regular grocery runs. Also, it helps to look for offers and purchase certain things in bulk to help cut back on spending.
5. Cook Your Meals
This is a great way to save money and provide your family with affordable, well-rounded nutrition. Especially if you have children, dining out or ordering food can add up to quite a significant amount of money every month. Try cooking more meals at home and you can freeze excess portions of your food instead of throwing it away. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference this makes to your spending.
There you go, mums and dads, five simple yet effective tips to help you to stretch your dollar during the inflation. Remember that you can still provide your family with affordable, well-rounded nutrition when you’re on a budget. All it takes is a bit of planning, self-control, and looking out for the right choices to suit your budget!