1. Shop around for deals online - Seriously this something I'm guilty of, if I am looking for a baby toy I will Google it or look on Argos without giving it a second thought I will pay however much the first website that comes up. Where as to save money I should shop around and do some research to find the cheapest deals.
2. Look in the Sale - Shop in the sale section when buying baby clothes, you can get some super cute clothing which won't cost you much at all. Keep an eye out for sale promotions both in store and online like this one for instance with a Further 20% off the Mothercare sale. It may not seem like a lot at the time but it all adds up and you could even put aside the amount you would of spent in a money tin. This goes for the supermarket reduced section too, most of the stuff is going out of date that day which would be perfect for dinner that evening. Most of them are reduced to a 1/3 of the the original price which is a bargain! I am a sucker for just paying full price for things but this is something I will definitely start doing.
3. Plan your meals for the week - This is something I have only recently started doing as I had a habit of buying everything in the supermarket and wasting it at the end of the week because it had gone off. I now make a note of meals for the week and what I will need for each meal. I have noticed a massive decrease in the total bill at the checkout.
4. Keep an eye out for offers such as Half price Pushchairs at Kiddisave throughout the year, usually after Christmas is a good time and also before the summer and shops are looking to restock new products. Even pop into shops where you are thinking of buying baby products from and asking when their next big sale is so you can get in on the deals first.
5. Forget the luxuries - Long gone are they days where you can treat yourself to that new handbag or pair of shoes once a week, or a Chinese takeaway three times a week, you now have responsibilities and need to budget to keep your family with a roof over your head. Of course you can treat yourselves every once in a while but you need to prioritise what is actually a nessesity and what's just a luxury that you can actually do without. I admit, I am really bad at this, I have always been one to treat myself and didn't really think about money. Now I am slowly realising I need to stop buying crap that I don't actually need, however I would much rather buy Amelia new toys and clothes so it's a win win situation.
Those are some of the ways I've learnt to budget as a new parent, do you have any suggestions on how a new parent like myself can budget?
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