- Prepare in advance for the financial changes a baby will bring. Start saving as soon as you know you are pregnant, so you get used to living on a reduced income
- You don’t have to give up manicures, just have your mum or a friend do it instead of the beautician. Need a spa day? Get creative. Invest in some bubble bath, a new candle, lock the door and put on your favourite music
- Do accept hand-me-downs and once your little one has outgrown their clothes and toys, pass them on too. Share and you will be shared with!
- Babies are enchanted by songs, faces, rustling leaves and lights. They don’t need lots of fancy plastic, noisy toys to keep them happy, as everything is new to them. They also learn by repetition, so don’t worry about sharing the same toy or books with them over again
- Walk wherever you can, leaving your car at home. Fresh air and exercise are good for your health and pocket and a really good way to stimulate your baby or get them to sleep!
- Consider skill sharing. If you have a skill such as hairdressing then why not exchange it with a friend who can sew you a set of black out curtains. Build a community around you that is increasingly self-sufficient
- Activity classes for babies are a lovely way for them (and you) to make friends, but the sandpit at the park or your local swimming pool are good options too and will either be free or cost considerably less. Just smile and say hello to other mums – you’ll be surprised
- Comparison sites on the internet enable you to get the cheapest providers for many services. Make sure to check these out
- Recycle whenever you can. Newspapers can become seedling pots, old baby sponges are great for painting and a worn out t-shirts can become cleaning cloths
- Build up lots of friendships with other new parents. It is nice to have people to exchange money saving tips with, to borrow from and to share with. You will also get a cup of tea, a change of scenery and a variety of free places for your baby to play.
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By Becky Goddard-Hill,
Author and blogger, Baby Budgeting, www.babybudgeting.co.uk