5 Mother’s Day rip-offs

Mother’s Day comes around once a year and every year we’re forced into the commercialized hype of of it all. Why? It’s because we’re pressurized by the media, bloggers, advertisers and retail stores to splash out on moms.

Don’t get me wrong, moms do deserve a good spoil, but the last thing she’d want (I’m sure) is for her kids to be ripped off. Here’s how you can ensure that you don’t get pushed into paying more than what you should:

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Don’t buy your child a cheap bike

We all like to save money and for me I make a living advising people not to overspend and whip out the credit card for every little thing they desire. Following my own advice that I dish out on a daily basis has served me well…so far. But there are times when parents (including myself) need to spend more money to ensure that their children get to enjoy a quality product and that they don’t spend more on cr*p that they were enticed to buy thinking they had gotten a bargain.

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Should you rent toys rather than buy?

We tend to spoil our kids with toys from the shops because we think that’s the right thing to do. Inevitably, our children get bored of them and they sit in the toy box collecting dust. But what if you could change the practice of kids tossing toys to one side that they no longer like?

Mombabbles chats to Lyneve Pieterse, one of the founders of the Smart Toy Club, which allows parents to rent toys to find out more about this concept.
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10 Jobs that moms can do to earn more money

Since I became a parent, I’ve kept a watchful eye on ‘mommy groups’ on social media for advice, guidance and also to glean how other moms cope with juggling work and parental responsibilities. Few are able to do both which, although concerning, puts me somewhat at ease as I know that I am not alone when it comes to this problem.

Another thing I’ve established is that, more often than not, moms in South Africa find it hard to get a job. Many of them are single moms too so they have to take on what they can get. However a post I saw recently on Homeworkingclub.com about how students can get online jobs got me to thinking that moms could do this too. After all, all you need is a laptop and/or phone with data and a bit of tech savvy.
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#FeesMustFall at Early Childhood Development Centres

I’ve changed my mind about supporting the #FeesMustFall movement at tertiary level because in my view, that’s not where the energy is needed. I believe fees must first fall at ECD (Early Childhood Development) level before we turn our attention to universities.

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5 Money saving tips you can learn from a 3 year old

There are plenty of write ups about how we can teach children about money. About saving. About the value of money. But the truth is, they can actually teach us a lot about money too.

Take my 3 year old for instance. Once he learned that you can exchange money for things that you really want (like toys, chocolates) he couldn’t get enough of it. But we encouraged him to save it. And save it he did – for an entire year. And today I get to count it and find out how much he saved in what he calls his ‘Money Mickey’ (effectively a Mickey Mouse money box – see picture). Here I share his money saving tips and tricks which you can use in your own adult life too.

25 Ways moms can save money this Christmas

Christmas, and the days leading up to it, can be an expensive affair. If you are on a tight budget this festive season there are plenty of ways in which you can save money. Here Mombabbles offers 25 tips to take on board where you can save your hard earned cash, while still having a good time.

8 Apps that teach your kids about money

Children don’t always want to get a lecture about what they should do with their pocket money. But technology can be your friend. Consider these addictive apps that will teach your child about money and even make them do their chores!