Out-Of-The-Box Thinking For Cash-Strapped Families

Despite the many joys of being a parent, there is one thing we can all admit. It can put a strain on our finances, especially if we are already dealing with a limited income. Raising a family can be expensive – whether that’s the practical necessities that are needed on a daily basis or the occasional demands that our children place on us. “I want one” is a common phrase all parents surely dread.


If you’re strapped for cash, there are ways you can raise your kids on a budget. You just need to think outside of the box a little. Take the following as examples of how this is possible

Remember: money does not equal love

Children are demanding, and when they eventually learn to think for themselves, they will tell you what they want in no uncertain terms. As the parent, you will be tempted to spend money on their wants, as well as emptying your bank balance to make the most of school holidays and those rainy nights in. The more you spend, the more you love your child, right? Wrong, even though your kids will try and convince you otherwise. Instead, practice these two things:

1. The power of the word ‘no.’ Your children will become spoiled if you try and give them everything they want, so practice a little bit of tough love. Eventually, they will learn that you aren’t made of money, especially if you take the time to explain to them where your hard-earned cash goes to each month.

2. The power of your time. This is what children crave more than material things, especially when they are younger. Instead of spending money to keep them entertained (and out of your hair), try doing a jigsaw with your child, playing video games with them, and finding other ways to take an interest in their lives. These are small but significant ways that show your child how much you love them.

Make the effort to learn new skills

There are times when you won’t have the money to spend on the latest toys for your kids, clothes for them to wear, or fancy meals for them to eat. This is where learning a few new skills will come in useful. For example:

1. Learn to play. When it comes to play activities, your child doesn’t need to have the latest toy to have fun. Games of dress-up or hide and seek cost little or no money, and if you’re playing too, then that’s a bonus for them, too. So, get back to your inner child, pick up a few play ideas online, and teach your children some games that won’t cost you a dime.

2. Learn to sew. If you are struggling to replace old clothes with new ones – kids do grow up fast – perhaps learn a few sewing skills. You can extend the lifespan of shirts, pullovers, etc. with a little bit of savvy needlecraft. It’s a misnomer that sewing craft is a woman’s work so pick up this handy skill, and check out this handily titled Guide To Picking The Best Serger For You to get you started.

3. Learn to cook. Children are fussy, but you can easily pick up a few recipes online for foods they will love. You can even make larger meals, and freeze leftovers to use for the rest of the week. A little can go a long way, so be creative in your cooking.


If you’re a little cash-strapped at the moment, we hope you found our ideas useful. You do need to prioritise your family’s needs, but hopefully, you have seen that you don’t need to bankrupt yourself by doing so. Let us know if you have other useful ideas.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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It’s Time To Play The Game (And Get Paid!)


How many hours a week do you spend gaming? 30? 40? 50? More than that? Gaming is addictive and cathartic too. Although your parents said your eyes would go square, studies show it helps to improve social skills and relieve stress. Still, there’s no point in wasting time playing Call of Duty when you could get paid. Don’t worry because there’s no need to put down the controller and go to work. As it turns out, gaming is as lucrative now as it has ever been and you can get a portion of the prize money. If you want to know the tricks of the trade, just carry on reading.

Pick Carefully

Not every game is going to reward its players for their time so choose wisely. The best thing to do is to research which ones offer bonuses or the chance to win cold, hard cash. You may have never played bingo, yet it regularly rewards its followers with prizes. Although you have to pay to play, companies like Deepsea bingo have fantastic new customer offers to get you started. Another way to get that moolah is to become a professional gamer and play eSports. As the industry grows, the pot increases years after year.

Become A Coach

Some people aren’t cut out to be players because the competition is too fierce. Still, don’t give up hope for your thoughts and ideas are money-spinners in the right hands. All you have to do is coach people that have the potential and instil your methods into their playing style. That way, they can go on to win tournaments and attract sponsorship money and you get a slice of the action. Gamer Sensei is a great place to start as teachers get a whopping $25 an hour for their services. Gamers with a solid rep can take on students privately and up the rates.

Become A Playtester

As the name suggests, this includes breaking in a game and pushing it to its limits. The way it works is simple: you get a tester copy and try to find as many faults as possible. Once you report back to your boss, they will pass on the info and the developer will use it to rectify any errors. A tip to keep in mind is that you have to be a fan of the small details. Being a playtester doesn’t mean you can explore the game as you like and make opinions. There are guidelines and you have to follow them to get your money.

Set Up A YouTube Account

There are hundreds of gamers that created a YouTube account and are now famous. Sure, it says a lot about the current culture that it’s even possible, but, hey, who are we to complain?! As well as be a good gamer, you also have to be funny and engaging to get views and traffic to the account. If you can, sponsorship is on the cards and then the possibilities are endless.

Do you think you can turn your hobby into a money-making scheme?

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The DadPack: 5 Things That Should Always Be Included

Being a dad, there are always going to be set things that you need to have with you in life. When you have small kids, you’re probably not all that far from a spit up rag or the diapers. As your kids get older, you may swap those for footballs and dolls! No matter how old your children are, you’ll always find that there are things you need to take around in life with you to make sure they’re taken care of. And this is where your DadPack comes in. The Dad-Backpack is your go-to sack full of everything [...] Continue Reading…

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