Shop Smart with Kids
Leave them at home when you can. Whenever possible, don't take your kids to the grocery store. "If you can shop without children, that will save you a lot of money," Kay says. When you're trying to take care of little ones at the store, you won't have the same time and energy to compare prices."
Savings start in the parking lot. "When shopping for clothes, tell your kids beforehand exactly what you're shopping for that day and what they're allowed to buy," Kay says. If they know they're leaving the store with one pair of shoes or one kind of sugar cereal, they'll be less likely to push you to buy extra items -- and you'll be less likely to cave.
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