‘Babies are expensive’, ‘wait until you have your own child and see how much it costs’. These are the most common phrases we often hear throughout our adult lives and while there are costs to account for, potential loss of income etc. However, having a baby doesn’t need to set you back hundreds and thousands of pounds. You can do it the cost-effective way and still have some money set aside for yourself, date nights or a cheeky holiday.
According to the money advice service, the average cost of having a baby in the first month is an eye watering £503.54!!!!!! I don’t know if it’s just me being frugal but this cost is ridiculous. I’ve spoken about this topic numerous times on my social media page as I feel that we live in an excessive society. Our very culture is closely linked with our consumer identity which can be very problematic. Now don’t get me wrong, if you are the type of parent who loves to shop and has the disposable income to buy your child unlimited products or the best of everything then so be it. However, I’m going to explain how to approach this from an alternative angle and to really understand that becoming a parent doesn’t always have to be about losing out or stressing yourself about buying enough, is it the best quality etc.
As I became older, I begun to realise that living materialistically was not really me. I do enjoy nice things however I like to be smart and sensible with my finances and travelling has always been my financial priority (maybe this is why I don’t own my own house yet lol). My money saving journey began when someone recommended the website freecycle to me which sounded amazing and has been a great resource over the years. I once was able to source over £300 in quality furniture for a friend to redecorate their house. So, when I found out that I was pregnant I knew that I wanted to save as much money as possible. Friends along the years would tell me the price that they paid for products and I would almost keel over at the cost. How could a tiny person be so expensive!
I’m going to breakdown what I have purchased for my baby so far and I will include any links or pages that I found helpful along this ‘Boujie on a budget’ journey and hopefully you can save yourself a pretty penny as well!
Chico next to me sleeper cot
Paid: £60 from Facebook Marketplace. (begrudgingly, and only because it came in the original packaging with a mattress cover)
Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat
RRP: £94- 194
Paid: £30 from Facebook Marketplace
Now take caution when purchasing second hand car seats to ensure that they meet the safety guidelines, I’ll include a checklist at the end.
eBay has been my best friend in buying second hand clothes, after all the baby is going to grow out of their clothes so quickly it really is not worth the added expense that can quickly get out of hand. I was able to purchase a bundle of around 5 bits, including a Ralph Lauren top/vest for £3!!!.
Instagram has been a saving grace surprisingly and I have used one page in particular who sell second hand baby bits. These were the first bits I had brought for the baby and the quality has been amazing.
@buybabyy_ sells second hand baby clothes as well as the occasional accessories of footwear at a fraction of the original RRP. I paid £10 for a pair of Nike crib shoes and also £12 for a bundle from The White Company which usually retails at £60+.
You can do a quick search on Instagram to find similar accounts that offer a similar service in your local area to keep postage fees down.
Prams and other bits
If you don’t have Facebook by now then I recommend you set up an account while your pregnant, their marketplace feature has tons of deals on a daily basis and I was able to secure some amazing bargains
RRP: £115 – £150 (depending on design)
Paid: £50 from Facebook Marketplace
The one that we got came in the original packaging and looked brand new. I will give it a wash before baby arrives.
Paid: £500 from a deal arranged through a friend. The lady was going to sell online and we got first refusal.
Now this is my favourite deal as I knew I wanted an I Candy pram but I was not prepared (or could afford) to pay over £500 for a pram. I just paid £600 for a car so there is no way that I would spend that kind of money on a pram. This came with:
- The main frame
- The bassinet
- The pram seat
- All the adaptors (2 pairs)
- Both rain covers (for bassinet and normal seat)
- A Maxi Cosi car seat
When buying a second hand car seat you ideally want to buy it from someone you know. Check the recall list for that make and model and ideally buy one that still has the original box, leaflet etc. You don’t want to buy a second hand car seat from a car boot sale but with the right precautions you can get yourself a good deal. In my case, the woman did not drive and only had a car seat for when her baby was out with her grandmother. Do your own research in this area and make an informed decision based on the deal that is offered to you and how much details you can validate on a case by case basis.
These were the main discounts that I have been able to secure so far and feel free to share this post or comment any suggestions or major savings you have made for your own family so far!