Yes, you read that correctly. Being a lazy mom saves our family money. Let me give you just a few examples of my laziness and how this helps us save money.
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1. Reuse Bibs
When little man was born we stored bibs in his bedroom because they were really only needed to “complete” an outfit or deal with occasional drool. Now that we actually need bibs for food purposes, they still haven’t quite made their way to being stored in the kitchen.
Anyway, I often find myself re-using the same bib over and over. I don’t think to grab a new one after a meal, and I don’t want to leave our little escape artist unattended while I grab one before a meal – so what’s a mom to do? We just reuse it over and over.
Obviously this cuts down on laundry costs. Maybe not substantially, but it saves us money. 😉
2. Don’t Get Dressed
Much like #1, the less clothes you wear the less laundry you have to do. This saves money. While you could certainly run around naked all day, that’s not what I’m suggesting. I’m saying to wear those pajamas. Two days in a row? Why not! As long as you shower regularly, you won’t stink too much! 😉
3. Eat Off the Ground
My son has a bad tendency to throw plates, bowls, and utensils. So we often eat off the ground, the couch, or a chair. Then the only thing he can throw is his actual food, and Cheerios aren’t going to hurt anyone very much.
This saves us money by doing less dishes, therefore cutting our water and liquid detergent bills.
4. Skip Shopping
I know shopping is a necessity when it comes to groceries, but I like to skip shopping for clothes as often as possible. When I do shop, it’s often through a Facebook rummage group where I can get items for pennies on the dollar. That’s how we’ve gotten almost all of little J’s clothes, and that’s what we’ll continue to do. Just make sure you don’t become too lazy and go to just online shopping for everything – because that could cause you to actually spend more money.
This one can apply to so many different things. Don’t have everything to make the recipe you had planned, improvise! Need to have a baby changing table, but don’t want to spend all that money on one – improvise! Need to find kitchen cabinet locks, but don’t want to fork out lots of dough – improvise! Yes, I can be lazy and still improvise. And it’s saved our family money (and my time and sanity!) over and over again.
While I’m not sure I’d recommend numbers one through three to anyone, I think many (most? all?) moms can relate! There are simply busy moments that turn into busy days, and pretty soon everyone is in the same clothes they were in yesterday. Oh well! Life will go on. 🙂
As you can see – my laziness is helpful to my family! It saves us money. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 😉
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