Be thrifty about what you buy

Being thrifty will save you a lot of money in the long term. Clothes, toys, prams/buggies most of these items can be bought second hand and many will be in pristine condition. Budget and make sensible buys for your new baby.

Contrary to popular belief, babies don't have to cost a fortune (though, admittedly, it is very tempting to splash the cash on those oh-so-cute items. Nevertheless, you need to set aside a certain amount of money for the essential items. Many not-so important buys can be left to family and friends, can be bought second hand or can be skipped completely. It's also important to seriously consider your lifestyle and select products that complement it well. How many times have you heard parents say they used their pram for just three months before swapping to a lighter, more manageable version? The sheer volume of nearly-new baby items available to buy are testament that parents can indeed get a little carried away on those first few shopping trips, only to find that the products they’ve bought are a hindrance rather than a help or were simply not needed at all.

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