I joined the Savvy Mummy’s deal saving website several months ago and have had some great offers come through on it. With times being tough for so many parent’s I think we’re all getting much smarter at how we spend our cash and I was keen to publish this article from Savvy Mummy’s on their top 10 tips to save you money.
Being a parent is expensive, and especially so during the holidays so hopefully you will find these tips and suggestions useful. Of course, you will inevitably have to spend on certain essential items but being a mum doesn’t necessarily have to put a strain on your bank balance.
- Buy in Bulk – Wait deals on those essential baby items such as nappies and wipes and stock up. Not only will this save you money, it will also save you time as you wont have to make as many trips to the shops.
- Take advantage of free activities in your local area: Many children’s attractions are free to go to so why not take your little ones for a free day out. If it is sunny you can enjoy a picnic in the park or if not, take them to a local museum or fair and take your own packed lunch. Check out your local library to see what’s on in your area.
- Swap baby/children’s products with friends: Save on the necessary items such as prams and cots by borrowing or swapping with friends.
- Become a savvy shopper: Don’t just buy the first thing you see because no doubt you can get it somewhere else cheaper. There are many good price comparison websites to help you find the best possible price.
- Car Boot Sale: Sell all of your unwanted items around the house at a car boot sale. This is a great way to give your old stuff a good home as well as making some money out of it! Remember, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!’
- Join mum clubs: Many companies now have mother-and-baby clubs and if you join, they will send you money-off vouchers for essential baby products.
- Babysitting swap: Take it in turn to babysit with your friends and family. This can be during daytime or evening. If it’s during the daytime, you have the added bonus of your little one having a playmate.
- Share the costs of childcare: You could look at sharing a nanny with a fellow working mum enabling you to split the costs.
- Plan your meal times: use a weekly planner and get on top of your shopping list. Only buy a bargain if you need it and remember never go shopping when you are hungry!
- And finally, shop at Savvy Mummys for the very best bargains on all of your favourite baby products and activities. They also have a discount code section to save you more money on all of your favourite brands.
I know that since we introduced the meal planning board in our house our shopping bills have come down and we’ve stopped nipping to the shops and coming back with random items.
Also I’ve swapped away from some of the leading brands and bought other alternatives from Aldi and Lidl which are not only cheaper but in some instances have been tastier too. Plus, to earn a bit of extra money I’ve joined up to the clothing exchange site Bertie&Bean so that I can swap some of Roo’s clothes she has grown out of and get newer ones at a greatly reduced price than clothes on the high-street, this is perfect for the rate that kids seem to grow out of things.
If you have any other top tips for saving money then feel free to post them below.