2020 and 2021 were tense years for families around the globe. While most American families have made it through the pandemic well-fed and well-housed thanks to stimulus funds, extra unemployment money and eviction moratoria, many of those benefits will end soon. Winter is approaching fast, meaning high utility bills and winter holidays to face.
If you like to give to children in need during the holidays, you might be wondering how to fit it into the budget this year. The TFI Kids Fund team is here to help! From saving on entertainment costs to cooking a steak at home, we’ll inspire you with ways to save a little extra for at-risk kids.
1. Check on Your Streaming Services and Subscriptions
The use of streaming services skyrocketed during the pandemic. According to TheHill.com, online streaming services have now surpassed the 1 billion mark globally. These little $14.99 and $8.99 subscriptions add up, especially for a large family that may have duplicate services.
- Take a close look at your credit card statements to see how much you’re spending on various streaming services every month.
- Drop the ones you don’t use.
- Canceling just a few might save you anywhere from $20 to $100 per month!
Next, consider any delivery fees to which you’ve become accustomed.
2. Limit Restaurant Delivery Fees and Grocery Services
When the pandemic struck, you were probably eager to support local restaurants. Food and grocery delivery services are lovely when you need them. But they can increase your grocery bill a lot. Save money by heading to the store or restaurant in person. By dropping a weekly restaurant delivery, you might save $50 or more every month.
3. Learn to Cook a Steak at Home
Kansas, for instance, has a reputation for great steakhouses. But you can achieve a great steak at home for half the price. And they’re straightforward to cook at home if you start with a quality cut of meat.
- Skipping one steak night every month could save you anywhere from $50 to $200 or more, depending on the size of your party.
Tackle all three of these steps to save hundreds of dollars by the end of the year. And that’s great news for the children who need your help.