I have only two kids...one boy... 6 1/2 years old and one girl...2 years old.
My oldest seems to not care for normal toys anymore...just the typical electronics and playing ball outside. This definitely (for us) cuts down on cost. Also, the only way our son gets a new game, etc..is doing well in school or in his sport...Soccer!
My youngest (daughter)...she is happy with any toy and pretty much we never buy her clothes or toys. Family have been great about giving her toys and clothing randomly. She doesn't need anymore than what she has. She is also starting to potty train and using less diapers and moving into the pull-ups where less changes are necessary. These are all normal getting older savings.
Also, with daughter getting older...less doctor visits, etc...Thank God for that one!
None of these are a surprise to anyone but it sure is helping out our financial problems of the past couple years. Definitely an assistance. Also, I am excited to report...we will be loving the month of April for a long time to come. I just got my first ever Longevity Check (10 years of service is the first time you receive this at my work). It wasn't huge but it was something and offset my husband's MRI and my Dermatology visit. We appreciate it greatly. Also, my husband gets his raise each year in April! Even if not alot...it is something! We are very appreciative and frugal peoples. We are going to target the large credit card that was developed due to a death in the family and having to replace an engine in the same year. We don't complain about this, we are greatful we were able to do what we had to do anyway we could.
"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Passage Psalm 118:24
Happy Earth Day as well!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!