8 Tips To Save Money When Having A New Baby
Being a father of 3 I’d like to consider myself a veteran when it comes to having a new baby I quickly learnt its best to save money when having a new baby, by the 2nd one (Olivia) I quickly realised that it really doesn’t need to create a hole in your pocket. Follow these easy tips to make the early days as cheap and as enjoyable as possible
Establish A Budget and Plan what Your baby REALLY needs
Although this may seem obvious it is one of the biggest reasons parents spend more than they have to before their little ones. Firstly work out how much you will need to spend in total for things like cots and push chairs remembering to take into consideration that some things may not be a complete necessity. Visiting shops before knowing what you have to spend and what your REALLY need can be hard on your pocket, salesman will be keen to tell you that things are needed when really you don’t desperately need them like a changing unit. Changing units can be easily replaced with much cheaper changing mats that can also be stored away much easier. Prepare yourself!
Bag FREE baby stuff in our KIDS AND BABIES section & community sites
Giveaway websites like Freecycle and Freegle are busy online recycling communities where people give away things they no longer use. These are great for picking up freebies of all kinds, from toys and baby clothes to games and PCs. It’s also a handy way to have a clear out while helping others. Using local selling pages on social media like Facebook is also a great way to save on essentials like clothing lets face it, babies only wear new born things for a matter of months so you can still pick up good quality items.
Don’t Buy “Off The Shelf” Baby Food
Freeze Extra Food
Try Reusable Nappies
Now your probably thinking this is a little old fashioned but actually you can buy some pretty modern reusable nappies that look very comfy too. Lizzie’s Real Nappies have got some really cute ones and you’ll only need a trial pack to get started. The initial out lay is more than your first packs of disposables are but don’t be put off, in the long run you can save a huge amount. If these really aren’t your thing then at least make sure you search for offers or freebies because nappy companies always run offer. We often have FREE nappies in our baby section so don’t forget to check it out.
Get A Maternity Grant
If you visit your local social security from 11 weeks before your baby is due to 3 months after birth and you qualify for income benefits or tax credits you will be eligible for a Sure Start Maternity Grant which will pay up to £500 to spend on items you need for your baby and you don’t have to pay a penny back. Which as most of us will appreciate being a very helpful contribution toward the start of you babies life and to your bank balance!