Becoming a parent is a daunting task for us all. I remember it well. Just sitting down, with my wee daughter in her car seat after coming back from the hospital, just staring at her in our lounge, and then staring at my husband thinking…
“Right, erm, yes – what the hell do we actually do now?”
There are many things that give new parents a bit of a sore head, and have us all thinking that very same thing. That feeling of having to find a bit more money tops up an already rather stressful situation ;-). Babies, and money worries keep us all up at night, don’t they? So, why not reduce at least one of those worries just a teeny, tiny bit?
Here are my top frugal living tips for new mums and dads out there, to help ease the financial strain that having a little one can place on your pockets, and your sleep deprived minds.
1. Breast is best, well cheapest at least
I KNOW this is controversial, and breastfeeding isn’t for everyone; I know more than most as my history hasn’t been great. However, if you can breastfeed and all goes well, do stick with it, it really does save you a fortune. Breastfeeding is thrifty, it truly is. No need for all the formula paraphernalia; just you and your milk. *End of*
I appreciate that breastfeeding isn’t for us all, so clearly it is your choice. The cost consideration is just something else to take note of, and not a pressure to keep going.
2. Don’t buy it unless you NEED it not want it
This is obviously I know BUT, we are all taken in by the hype as new parents, and thing we need eery gadget and gismo for our baby, but actually we may not need it all.So spend wisely, and ask advice of those that have been there and done that – what did they find invaluable to get them through those early days. Other than a glass of non-alcoholic wine of course…
3. If you must buy it, get money off!
Of course, if you do decide you can’t do without it, then of course you might want to take a look at the voucher sites that are around, like voucherbin.co.uk. These can give you a few lucky breaks with offers on some ideal parent-y retailers like Mothercare. We ended up using a voucher site when we were buying our nursery furniture, and you can imagine the savings we got. Nursery furniture is often something you don’t want to compromise on BUT can be the biggest drain on the wallet. Shop savvy online, and you are going to do your little one proud. Sadly, my boy is seven now, and doesn’t like his animal bumpers and cot anymore ;-)
4. Go green and use re-useable nappies
Nappies for new borns are VERY expensive, they need to be changed about ten times a day *I know.*
It is amazing to think back to those days. As a mum of a 7 and a 9 year old, I am sure we are programmed to forget how many times we have changed those nappies. Just imagine how the costs for that will mount up? Why not reduce that cost then by buying reusable nappies?
They become even more frugal if you are going to have more than one child. You can reuse them with subsequent kids, and get even more cost benefit. We used them and though we were a little perturbed by baby’s bottom size at first, we soon got used to it. The benefits were not just in the back pocket either, but also environmental. Further reduce your costs by washing them overnight too.
5. Follow some amazing online bloggers
Now I am biased, but you can’t do better than subscribe to a few blogging friends of mine, from Diary of Frugal Family, to Baby Budgeting; all have excellent advice for those trying to be thrifty and get those baby costs down. This is a great list from Becky at family budgeting too, of the top thrifty parenting blogs in the UK. From 2012, but most are still going strong.
This is a collaborative post.