Money saving tips for parents-to-be
No matter whether you’re expecting your first baby, or if you’re growing your family, getting everything ready for your newborn can cost a lot of money. Seeing the number of products in a baby shop for the first time can be very overwhelming, especially when you don’t know what to expect from being a parent. Try not to worry, you don’t need every baby item to have a happy newborn and there are simple ways you save your money.
Here we have some of our best tried and tested tips to help you save a bit of money before your baby arrives.
Top money saving tips
Tip #1: Make the most of your Baby Box
In Scotland, every newborn baby is offered their own Baby Box. It is packed full of clothes, blankets and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life. The box itself acts like a Moses basket and it comes with a mattress and bedding that fits perfectly.
Before you go out to buy everything for your newborn, it’s worth seeing what is included in the Baby Box to make sure you don’t buy any items that you will already get in the box.
Tip #2: Find out about parent and child benefits
When you find out you’re going to be a parent, it’s normal to worry about money. This is especially true if you already find it tough to make ends meet, or if you or your partner are planning to take a break from work when your baby arrives.
There are lots of benefit and grant options open to parents and you could be entitled to more than you think. The Citizens Advice network in Scotland are offering families a free confidential Financial Health Check. It’s nothing scary, just a phone call to see what you might be entitled to, and advice to help you make the most of your money. To speak to someone, call 0800 085 7145.
Tip #3: Find your local library
It might have been years since you last visited your local library, but it can be really useful to find out where it is. It’s really easy to sign up and get your free library card and it means you can borrow lots of books for your baby, without having to spend a penny.
Libraries across Scotland have lots of free baby groups that you can drop in on, including Book Bug - a 30 minute nursery rhythm time. Lots of parents and babies attend these sessions and it can be a nice way of meeting people and an excuse to get out of the house.
Tip #4: Do all baby items need to be brand new?
It can be really expensive to buy brand new baby items. There are lots of charity shops, websites and social media groups that offer good quality second hand items and they’re often much cheaper than what you would pay in the shops.
If you do want to buy brand new items (like a cot mattress) it might be worth asking the shop assistants if they have any special sale discount days coming up. Often baby shops have special event days when you can get discounts.