Baby saving tips, deals and freebies
We all know that pregnancy and baby may be a bit scary for future prospects. You need to learn to stretch your Pounds, even before baby arrives. Here are some great money saving ideas.
Use discount vouchers
Before you buy anything online you should firstly search to see if there's a discount voucher available. You can find out more here
Breastfeeding can save you money in many ways. There are the direct cost savings involved with not having to purchase formula. But there are also indirect savings like fewer doctor visits and co-pays, plus fewer missed days at work from having to care for a sick infant. I do want to remind you that breastfeeding is not free. You will need to budget for some nursing clothes, and possibly a breast pump and lactation support should you need it. Even with those added in, you’ve still saved money.
Money for nothing
Why not have a big clear out and sell anything that you no longer need, not only will this make extra room for baby things but will also provide you with a bit of extra cash that you can put towards buying for your baby.
Learn to say no!
While it can be tempting to buy as many cute baby items as possible before your baby arrives its a much better idea to only get the basics in advance, this way you'll avoid purchasing expensive baby items that you don't actually need. Its more than likely that you'll receive more toys, cute outfits and novelty gifts than you'll ever need once your baby arrives so learning to say no when your tempted to buy a non-essential can really help save those pennies.
While it’s always great to have something new, consider what you can borrow. This can be anything from maternity clothes, baby clothes, big ticket baby items (like a stroller or high chair) or other things you may need or want for your baby. The good news is that there are many people who are more than happy to help you out because these items are used for such a short period of time.
Whenever you see a deal grab a few things and put them away, it's amazing how much stuff a baby goes through.
Buy neutral baby clothes
if you plan to have more babies, why not stick to neutral colours such as white, lemon and beige. That way you can put them away and reuse the best stuff, we all have clothes that our little ones only get one or two uses out of and then end up giving them away so why not re-use them ourselves.
Sign up to baby clubs.
Big supermarkets have online baby and toddler clubs which send money-off coupons and free samples to members. To join, just sign up online.
Ask for vouchers
When baby's born people will flock to you with gifts, many will probably have asked you what you want/need and you will just give the generic 'anything' reply. You will then end up with loads of toys or clothes that you won't get any use out of as your baby will have too many or you might not like the style. If you ask for vouchers from places like Asda, you can then use it to put towards nappies and creams etc that baby will need plenty of.
Sell your old baby items
If you don't plan on having anymore bundles of joy you can make extra cash (and extra space) by selling old baby items when they're no longer useful.
What benefits are you entitled to...
If you are pregnant and working you are entitled to paid time off for your antenatal appointments. After a certain stage in your pregnancy you should also be entitled to maternity leave and maternity pay. Also if you’re on a low income there are benefits available. You could be eligible for a grant to buy baby things, and vouchers to help you and your baby eat healthily.
The 'Bounty Pack' that's given to new mothers in hospital will contain a claim form and every new parent is entitled to CB regardless of income.
If you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under the age of four, you can get vouchers every week for free milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, infant formula, and vitamins. You usually qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18.
Sure Start Maternity Grant
If you’re on a low income and getting certain benefits or tax credits, you could get a one-off payment of £500 to help with the cost of your first baby. It’s tax free and you don’t have to pay it back.
Prescriptions and NHS dental treatment are free while you are pregnant and for 12 months after you have given birth. Children also get free prescriptions until they are 16.
Working and child tax credits
Child tax credits give financial support for children, and Working Tax Credit helps people in lower-paid jobs by topping up their wages.
Your new circumstances may also entitle you to other benefits such as council tax benefit and housing benefit, you can use the Entitledto website for a comprehensive calculator which allows you to quickly check every benefit you may be entitled to.
The GOV.UK website, is where you will find the most up-to-date information about rights and benefits, including those for pregnant women and parents.
Free baby items....
Freecycle and Freegle are thriving 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 bigger items such as prams and cots.
Freebies just for Mum:
Free baby care products and free samples:
- Hipp Baby Club - Free record book, free pregnancy journal, free pregnancy recipe book, free baby comforter, free sleep chart, free Hipp organic samples, free weaning spoon, free weaning recipe book
- Free baby samples if you join the Free Baby Samples Club. Choose from free Johnsons Baby Box; 10 tubes of milk teeth toothpaste; baby food cubes; baby nail clippers; 1st book; 126 boxes of raisins; teething ring or bath ducks!
- Cow and Gate Mum and Baby Club - Join for free to get pregnancy diary, cuddly cow (while stocks last) and money off vouchers
Freebies to keep the children busy:
- Join the Mouse Club for free and get a free welcome pack with badge, bookmark, finger puppet and mask
There's also the websites like HDUK and MSE that have forums and communities of people constantly updating with free baby stuff and discount vouchers for baby related stores.