It’s no secret; babies are expensive. But, worry not, as money saving expert Megan Fife at Ashleigh Money Saver is here to help new parents make their money go further.
We won’t beat around the bush, although becoming a new parent is a wonderful and exciting time, it can also be somewhat stressful. Not only are you busy adjusting to life with a new baby in tow, you’re tired from sleepless nights, you’re routine has gone out the window and suddenly there’s all manner of new gadgets and gizmos you’ve never heard of, but absolutely need to have.
A new baby can also be a strain on your finances. From travel systems to baby rockers, you’ll want the best for your bundle of joy. But the best doesn’t always come cheap. Planning ahead can help you prepare for a number of those new parent outgoings, however, just like an all-inclusive holiday ‘bargain’, there are always unexpected costs.
Don’t overpay on nappies
Megan explains, “In the run-up to the birth, one of the things parents forget to stock up on is nappies. It’s not a huge problem as you can buy nappies in most supermarkets and online. The thing is, it’s okay just popping to the shop when you’re running low you’ll likely be paying over the odds for the convenience.
“With the price of nappies fluctuating from shop to shop (whichever brand you go for), you’re going to be hard pushed to get the best price. You can look out for special offers or even buy in bulk.”
Join baby clubs
Having a baby isn’t cheap so anything you can get for free should be snapped up with both hands. That’s where baby clubs come in.
There are currently loads of baby clubs in the UK you can sign up to (completely free) and once they have your details, you will be sent a number of freebies which include sample products, useful magazines and money off coupons for a wealth of products and brands.
The baby clubs Ashleigh Money Saver recommends joining are: , Citizens Information which will run through your circumstances and will work out what benefits you can claim. You could be entitled to benefits from Child Benefit to One-Parent Family Payment.
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