Perhaps you have several children, your adult children have children of their own, or you also have your parents or grandparents or your own siblings living with you. Either way, having an extra large family has its perks but along with that it can also pose a lot of challenges. One of the biggest issues with a big family is that there are a lot more expenses.
You need to have a larger home or more space for every member of your family to sleep, and the more people that live in your home the more food you will need as well.
All of the extra needs can cause a lot of stress, so if you are overwhelmed and in need of some help figuring out how to deal with some of the problems that come with having a lot of people in your family, here are 3 lifestyle tips for large families.
Rely On Hand-Me-Downs
Hand-me-downs are a great money saving option when it comes to toys, clothes, and even furniture. Instead of buying brand new clothes for each child as they start to get older, instead you can repurpose the clothing of an older sibling, cousin, or parent.
Find a tailor who can make simple alterations on clothing when needed so that they fit each person they are passed down to. Many articles of clothing will last for years to come and can be passed down multiple times before wearing out, and hiring a tailor will only be a fraction of the cost of purchasing new clothes.
Buy In Bulk
A Costco membership is probably a good idea if your family is large enough, and there are other places you can go to to purchase items in bulk as well. Buying in bulk is almost always cheaper – the only downside is that for items that will go bad smaller families may not use all of the stuff in time.
With a big family you most likely won’t have to worry about that. Food isn’t the only thing you can buy in bulk, either. You can also purchase toothpaste, toilet paper, and other household and hygiene items this way too!
Look into bulk options because it could end up saving you thousands of dollars per year.
Use A Calendar
Posting a calendar somewhere in your household where everyone can see it is smart for any size family but for large families it is basically a requirement. With so many different people, scheduling just about anything can be a total nightmare because everyone has so many different commitments to worry about.
With a large family calendar that everyone can write on, you can look at this calendar before deciding to schedule any family outings and events. If you’re a tech-savvy family and doing this digitally is easier for you, that works as well.
Having a large family can be tough at times, but there is also so much good that can come from it. Hopefully these lifestyle tips help you to navigate it a little bit better.