If you're a bit further through I'd love if you share your tips, too - we're definitely still looking for ways to improve our game!
1. Work out what's important to you
|We taught him the importance of our |
family priorities at a young age.
2. Check secondhand first
I can't emphasise this enough. Kids grow fast. Trademe is awash with clothes, toys and other gear that has barely been used. As well as saving a heap of money, you'll be helping somebody declutter their house and reducing waste. Winning!
(note: for safety reasons it's recommended to buy cot mattresses and car seats new)
3. Plan ahead
This is true for spending on just about anything. Sometimes it's not possible, but mostly you know what you'll need ahead of time. Watch for sales or put a saved search on Trademe and pounce when you see a bargain. I quite like Marks & Spencer clothing for the small person, and the seasonal split makes it even better; they're always having summer clearance sales just as the season is approaching here.
4. Ignore "must-have" lists...
|Toys, pffft, I've got pegs!|
5. Share stuff
Who wants to join my commune? There's no religion involved and definitely no Kool-aid, just a good old-fashioned community of sharing. Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme (idyllic as it sounds in the abstract) but sharing stuff is both practical and nice. We borrowed a capsule car seat from friends for a few weeks when the Little Monkey was very small; another friend borrowed our Ergobaby infant insert. This works especially well for newborn stuff, since it's generally needed for such a short time, but toy libraries work on a similar principle (though there is a small cost involved there).