Celebrating a large family Christmas is a blend of chaos, entertainment, and love. But it can get expensive! Here’s how to keep it simple and affordable.
There’s something magical about Christmas morning. But it’s even more magical when you have a large family to share it with. There’s always someone to share dreams and excited giggles with, and that just makes the anticipation even better!
Big families are often full of at least a little chaos, so it’s only natural that Christmas would get a little extra crazy when you have a lot of children to shop for. But it doesn’t have to get out of hand.
This year, we’re adopting a simple idea that won’t cost much, won’t take a lot of time, but will (ideally) change the feel of the way we celebrate the season. Learn the easy steps you can take to recreate this idea with your own family!
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One way we save a ton of money is by renting cars for long trips. Does that sound strange? We drive an 11 year old minivan. It’s getting up there in mileage, but I love the monthly payment ($0).
In the past, I might have looked for a reason to upgrade to a newer van. Taking a trip would be the perfect justification!
But the math doesn’t add up. New cars always cost more than you think they will. Then you have to add on extra insurance and tax costs. In the end, you spend thousands trying to avoid a bill of hundreds. That’s what Robert Burton called “Penny wise and pound foolish.”
Inside: Occupy everyone with these fun things to do as a family all summer long! They’re all cheap, and many are even free. How many will you cross off?
A 1970s style summer seems awesome in theory. Keeping things slow, simple, and (of course) cheap is a must. But don’t worry, I’ve got a ton of ideas to try. I may have even
bribed asked my kids to help me put this list together. That makes this list both kid and Mom approved!
Be sure to pin this one for later, because you’ll want to see how many you can try out this year.
Inside: Keeping up with large family living without forgetting anything can be a challenge. These simple to do lists will keep you running like an Olympian.
My phone beeped with another text and I gave it a quick check. With four kids playing baseball and softball (plus a preschooler along for the ride), there’s always something to add to my to do list. A last minute practice, a rained out game, concession stand duty…
This time it was a note that one of our games was rescheduled for this Thursday. Which was good, I guess. We needed to get these games in! But it also meant that we now had to be in four different locations at the same time. Yikes!
It’s hard to keep track of everyone’s schedule, especially once your kids are school aged. Everyone has products due, places to be, and it’s never easy to remember to schedule appointments and meetings. Most Moms can’t keep it all together without some type of system in place.
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It’s a funny irony, but mothering a large family can be a lonely feeling. It’s just not as popular as it once was to have a pile of kids. So finding people who can relate to your struggles can be…well, a struggle!
We sometimes hesitate to talk about our problems while raising our big family. Asking for advice or complaining when life gets hard feels like a privilege reserved for moms of 2.3 kids.
Even if you have people that you can open up to (no criticisms with your BFF!), there are still times you wish you had another perspective.
Tons of tried and true easy, cheap meals for large families. Make meal time less of a chore!
Waaaaay back in the day, I was a young girl in 4-H. My goal was to take every single cooking project. I did well enough to compete at the state level more than once, and even won an “Outstanding of the Day” award there for my bread. Which I probably work into more conversations than I should.
So, I have always enjoyed cooking and baking. But those competitions are a lot different from creating a meal night after night. Especially when you’re cooking for a large family.