Having kids doesn’t have to be expensive – there are so many ways to save on feeding, clothing, and entertaining them! Every day I learn something new.
The first thing you should know is that there is a whole blog category dedicated to Kid Stuff. This is where you’ll find whatever the most recent kid-related posts are.
Meal planning and shopping the grocery sales are the very best way to keep the family food bill in check. Read up on the Dining In section of this website for the scoop on saving strategies at each grocery store and resources to help you use coupons to their fullest potential!
If you love to eat out as a family, visit the Eating Out section for tips on saving money at Richmond restaurants.
Kids Eat Free: Eventually I want to compile a fabulous list of restaurants that have “kids eat free” offers, but in the meantime, here are some lists from other sites:
If you have hungry kids and dine out frequently, consider purchasing KidsDineFree.net card. It costs $19.95 for three months, and is valid for one free kids meal with an adult entree purchase at over 300 local restaurants!
Clothing and Other Basics:
A post with ideas about How to Save on Kids’ Clothes
Second-hand is the way to go with many children’s items, and so consult the lists of thrift stores and consignment shops for shopping options. Consignment stores specifically carrying kids stuff include
- Once Upon a Child – (9770 Midlothian Turnpike and 9127 W. Broad Street)
Kid-to-Kid – (10953 W Broad Street in Glen Allen and 4800 Commonwealth Center Pkwy in Midlothian)
Clover (read my review) – (3105 West Cary Street in Carytown)
Kids Grow – (2101 A Ginter Street in Lakeside)
Consignment sales are a great option for outfitting little ones, as well as finding deals on toys, equipment, and books. The sales are held all over Richmond twice a year, and I collect them all chronologically into one easy-to-find post – the most recent edition is here
It is NOT easy to find enough to fill the days when you have active little ones. Fortunately, Richmond is full of possibilities.
The “Playing” page is full of general event and activity suggestions.
Is it winter? Read all about ideas for FREE indoor activities with kids:
And of course, don’t forget about public spaces like parks and libraries.
Richmond Mom Savvy Saver card – Free to request, and includes offers from various family-friendly local places including Science Museum of Virginia, Great Wolf Lodge, and Theatre IV
Richmond businesses that give rewards for good grades (like free Flying Squirrels tickets!)