There is a myth out there that all single parents are frugal and cheap. While I have yet to meet a single parent who did not keep at least one key eye on the budget and I would definitely lump myself in that group, I also know that efficiency and saving time are issues for single parents too. If you find that you are pinching that penny a little too tightly, it might be time to take into account what you can save by spending a little money…
I am often willing to pay a little extra for shipping and handling to have things mailed or delivered to me instead of having to go and pick them up—especially those things that require more than one trip. Recently, I ordered dozens of photos for my daughters’ graduation announcements and I ordered them online and had them delivered. I never had to leave my house and while I paid a little extra for shipping, it was well worth it!
I am also willing to pay for things that make my work, family and home life easier—I am willing to pay extra for a good vacuum, clothes and shoes that last, and computer programs that add efficiency to my work day. I am also willing to pay more for healthy, organic food and safe cleaning products. I do not always choose what is the cheapest and the most affordable (although that is always part of my consideration process as a single parent). There have been times in the early stages of single parenthood where I had to keep the budget in a very tight column, but as I have become increasingly solvent, I can pay a bit more in order to make my life easier, more efficient and less stressful.
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