Pregnancy on a budget
Are you trying to manage your pregnancy on a budget ? Here are 5 top tips to help you do just that:
1. Don’t spend a fortune on baby names books, week by week pregnancy books, everything you need to know about childbirth and how to get pregnant books, Undoubtedly when the time comes friends
will have a stack of these to lend as will your local library who for a small fee can request them in if they don’t have them Have a browse on Amazon to see what you fancy then check out ebay to see if you can get it cheaper. Books are no more useful if they are new than borrowed, loaned out from the
library or second hand.
2. It’s not worth spend a fortune on baby clothes – you will be bought lots as gifts and you wont have a clue what these will be. Hold on for the clothes you will be given and just get a small pack of 3 from a supermarket as a starter set. plus the fact you may get a shock like me and have a 3lb baby or like my sister and get an 11lb baby – if you do, newborn sleep-suits will be entirely wrong but at least you will have only wasted a fiver!
3. I think it is a good idea to write a really clear wish list so when you are asked what you would like you can point people in the right direction and get nightlights sunshades, nappy bags and changing mats that you want and need (and which co-ordinate!) If you don’t speak up it is virtually guaranteed almost everyone will buy you clothes
4. You could practice living on one wage now so the shock of reduced income is less when your baby comes and you will have some money set by. This doesn’t mean you have to be miserable….lots of lovely times can be had on a budget. You don’t need a last trip to Paris pre-baby or a pregnancy spa, instead try:
• Putting a little love note in your partners pack up,
• Having a lazy bath with your best tunes, candles, a big choc bar and a brilliant library book
• Going for a gentle stroll in the country with good friends and a picnic
• Renting a movie you first watched together and cuddle up under a blanket with some hot chocolate.
• Setting the table with cloth napkins, flowers from the garden and practically eating out whilst staying in. Even if it is pasta it will taste much better this way!
5. Start to read How to Afford Time off with your Baby by Becky Goddard-Hill right now! Baby budgeting needs to start asap as there is a lot to sort out before your baby comes.
Have a wonderful pregnancy x