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11th September 2018
It’s no secret that having children isn’t cheap. Luckily, we now have a whole world of information at our fingertips thanks to the Internet. From finding out where to buy the cheapest nappies to scoring free tickets to family attractions, the online world can be a goldmine of money-saving knowledge if you know where to look.
The cost of nappies can come as quite a shock to some first-time parents, with the total cost of keeping a baby in nappies over the first two years estimated at an astonishing £800. This website will give you a good indication of how much you can expect to spend at each stage of a child’s development. You can use websites like www.bumdeal.co.uk to help you work out the cheapest place to buy nappies. The website allows you to select your preferred brand and required size and then provides you with a handy list ordered by price per nappy. It also works for baby wipes and car seats too.
There are also plenty of apps out there that can offer alternatives to forking out for expensive equipment. For example, instead of buying a flashy baby monitor, an app like Baby Monitor 3G can be set up between two mobile phones, allowing you to monitor your child’s sleep. There are also several apps that play soothing sounds and nursery rhymes in place of a pricey musical mobile.
Buying equipment, toys and clothing can be expensive for kids who are always growing and have constantly changing interests so making the most of websites like Gumtree, eBay and Freecycle are obvious choices for parents hoping to save some pennies. Buying and selling through Facebook has grown in popularity a lot over the past year, leading to Facebook recently updating their mobile app to make its Marketplace a more prominent feature.
Keeping kids entertained can be hard work, particularly during the school holidays. If you’re looking for a fun day out without breaking the bank then MoneySavingExpert is a great place to start. It has a great tool that lists all the free museums and art galleries across the UK and if you’re more of a thrill-seeker, there’s also a list of all the current theme park deals available. There’s a guide to a range of free festivals happening around the UK including food, art, music & balloon festivals and tips for how to attend the big paid-for festivals without paying a penny too. Why not take your kids to see one of their favourite shows being recorded? You can get free tickets to be part of the audience for shows like The Voice, X Factor and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
With extra mouths to feed and the constant grazing of toddlers and teenagers alike, the cost of your monthly food shop can easily get out of hand. Keep costs down by using websites like MySupermarket to find the best deals on your favourite grocery items. The app has a great shopping list feature that allows you to tick off items as you buy them too. Apps like VoucherCodes can help to save you money on things like eating out, shopping and travel. Using your phone’s GPS, you’ll always be able to find great deals wherever you are.