Money Saving Tips for the Jewish Family
We just returned from making Pesach in Israel. Wow! It was an amazing and intense trip taking 3 kids overseas 🙂
The hardest part was staying frugal and not overspending, especially because the currency is different and because we were on our own, not staying in a hotel or resort with all meals provided for us so we needed to provide our own meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Here are some of the things you can do when you want to begin saving money:
– Target ONE expense category to start tackling by saving all of the receipts for that category and tracking how much you are up to each week. Stop spending on that category when you hit the limit.
Right now I’m working on improving our grocery bill so I make sure to save ALL grocery receipts. When we hit our limit, time to scavenger hunt in the pantry!
– We ate a lot of meals over at other people’s houses. That’s the nice part about Shabbos and the Holidays where that is expected. If you live in a small area or you are traveling to a new community, use a site like Shabbat.com to find a family to host you. Believe me, it’s their pleasure!
– Purchase a pot or frying pan when you are traveling so you can make simple things like eggs for breakfast at the very least, that way you don’t need to spend too much on snacks and smaller meals.
– Buy fresh fruits and veggies whenever possible!
– Make sure there is always a fridge where you are staying so you can keep meals that you purchased at a restaurant for a day or two.