When did you become money saving? I was quite good as a university student and stayed within my budget even though I only had paid work during the summer holidays. After leaving University, and moving back to Gloucestershire at five months pregnant, in order for Lee to start a teacher training course we really learnt the art of money saving. I was thrifty but kept it quite a secret. My friends were all earning money and living the life of young 20 somethings. In contrast Lee and I were renting a house, had a baby and Lee was a student. That year was financially tough and friends would ask me out and I literally counted out what I could spend as I didn’t want to say no.
During this time I really learnt to spend less but live well. I think becoming a parent is an ideal time to look at how you can spend less. I have also noticed that there has been a huge turn of the tide and people are much happier to be more vocal about the fact that they bargain hunt now.
Tips for getting a bargain
1. Use coupons for baby essentials. There are often nappy vouchers to be had in magazines and on websites.
2. Buy in bulk or buy three for twos. This especially applies to nappies, wipes and baby toiletries.
3. Join popular parenting websites as they often have exclusive offers.
4. I’d also recommend joining a review site like The Babywebsite where you pay £5 but are guaranteed to to review items that cost more. I was lucky and had things like a smart trike to review.
Therefore I loved these ideas from last weeks linky on how to make your house into a home in thrifty ways.
Oh and of course my own wall art ideas
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