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November 30, 2021

It can be difficult to be a single parent, especially if the other parent isn’t there to help pay the bills. How can you make sure that your income doesn't depend on outside sources? Let's take a look at...

Parenting can be difficult at times. It's even more so if you do it all on your own. Single parents often depend on benefits to help them through. It's not a bad thing and is often very necessary.

However, there are some individuals who may not wish to rely on benefits. There are many reasons to want to stay independent or to avoid benefit fraud. How can you help your family and yourself?

We're going to show you how to not rely on benefits as one parent. Have a look at these...

Here are 4 tips to avoid benefits as a single parent

1. Simplify your budget
To avoid losing benefits, a single parent must first save as much as possible. It means setting up a budget for the month and sticking to it.

A budgeting app can be a great option if you aren't a pro at budgeting. You just need to enter your finances and you're good to go.

Finding these finances is a different matter. It involves not only your direct debits which can be found easily if you use an app for banking, but also all the other things you spend each month that you may not have thought about. To see the total cost of your monthly expenses, you should try to list them all.

Once you have compiled your list, it is time to eliminate anything not absolutely necessary. You can then see your monthly maximum savings. These are some of the things that you should be thinking about:
  • Meals out
  • Streaming and other subscription services
  • Brand new clothes
  • Takeaways
  • Shopping list
  • Phone contract
It is important to preserve the things you love in order to take care of your mental well-being. You might save some money by removing them first and then adding the items you love the most.

2. Increase your income

Once you have started saving money, you need to focus on how much you make. Although it sounds easier than it actually is, claiming that you can make more money makes it seem harder. However, there are many ways to do this as a single parent.

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed office jobs into work from home jobs. This is the perfect time to be a single stay-at-home parent. This is a great idea if your child has reached school age. However, even if your child's young age, it is possible to work around it.

People who live in rural areas are eligible for high-paying jobs that were once restricted to certain areas only one year ago. You don't have to live in these areas and pay the exorbitant cost-of living.

Single parents can earn extra money from home if they don't want to change their job. You could:

  • When you have the time, fill out an online survey
  • Cashback sites
  • Be a virtual assistant
  • When you aren't using your parking space, rent it out
  • While they are at work, double up and take care of someone else's children
  • Bake or cook for sale
  • If you have a gift for grammar, then become a proofreader

You can do a lot with your spare time if you are a single parent and don't want to depend on benefits. They are just a matter of finding them.

3. Get childcare help

If single parents have to work long hours, childcare is an option.

If you have enough income to pay for childcare, and can show a monetary benefit after the fees are deducted from your earnings, this is advisable. Although there are programs available to help parents, you can't rely on benefits.

It's cheaper to ask your friends or parents to take care of your children. This is especially true for children who are old enough to go to public schools and need help after school until they return home.

4. Friends and family can support you

Many single parents want to be independent. It's one thing to not rely on benefits, especially because it means that you use taxpayer money. But, taking money from your loved ones and friends is another.

Even if you borrow the money to help you get through a slump or to pay for a better job, it's better to have to struggle.

If you have a budget and realize that you are only PS50 short of everything you need to make your child financially secure, you can still do the majority of the work yourself.

PS50 may seem small to a relative or friend, but it can mean everything to you and your child. If you are in need of help, don't be afraid to ask. If they were in your shoes, I'm certain you would do the same.

Are You Ready to Become a Self-Sufficiency Single Parent?

We've provided some tips on how to avoid relying upon benefits as a single parent. This will allow you to be proud that you did it all.

If you still have problems with your finances and this advice doesn't suffice, then you should seek additional advice or apply for benefits. These benefits are available for those who need them.

It's not fun to rely on benefits, but caring for your child is the most important thing. You can always work hard for them in the future.


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Size Weight Height
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0-3M 6-12 Ibs. / 3.6-5.4 kg 21-24 in. / 53.3-61 cm
0-6M Up to 16 Ibs. / Up to 7.3 kg 17-21 in. / 43.2-53.3 cm
3-6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-26 in. / 61-66 cm
3-9M 12-20 Ibs. / 5.4-9.1 kg 24-28 in. / 61-71.1 cm
6-9M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 26-28 in. / 66-71.1 cm
12M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 28-30 in. / 71.1-76.2 cm
18M 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 30-32 in. / 76.2-81.3 cm
24M / 2T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 32-34 in. / 81.3-86.4 cm
3T 32-35 Ibs. / 14.5-15.9 kg 34-38 in. / 86.4-96.5 cm
4T 35-39 lbs. / 15.9-17.7 kg 38-40 in. / 96.5-101.6 cm
5T 39-43 lbs. / 17.7-19.5 kg 40-44 in. / 101.6-111.8 cm

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Size Weight Height
6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-27 in. / 61-68.6 cm
12M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 27-30 in. / 68.6-76.2 cm
18M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 30-33 in. / 76.2-83.8 cm
24M / 2T 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 33-35 in. / 83.8-88.9 cm
3T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 35-39 in. / 88.9-99.1 cm
4T 32-36 Ibs. / 14.5-16.3 kg 39-42 in. / 99.1-106.7 cm
5T 36-42 Ibs. / 16.3-19.1 kg 42-44 in. / 106.7-111.8 cm

 

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Size
Waist
Height
4
17-19 inches
39-41 inches
5
19-20 inches
41-45 inches
6
20-22 inches
45-46 inches
7
22-23 inches
47-50 inches
8
23-24 inches
50-54 inches
10/12
24-25 inches
54-58 inches
14/16
25-27 inches
58-62 inches
18/20
27-28 inches
62-67 inches

 

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5 19-20 inches 41-45 inches
6 20-21 inches 45-46 inches
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7/8 22-23 inches 48-52 inches
10/12 23-25 inches 52-58 inches
14 25-27 inches 58-61 inches
16 27-29 inches 61-63 inches