Hi, what’s your name? Make do mum (I blog anonymously)
Any kids? A 2 year old daughter and a bump due next May
Do you work? FT/PT? I work part time as a freelance graphic designer, so some weeks there will be no work and then I’ll get a run of a few weeks on the trot.
Why do you work? We need the extra money for bills but also I enjoy working. I like the office banter and being able to wear something nice. Weird as it may sound, I find it relaxing to be sat in front of a computer all day with no distractions.
What are your child care arrangements? My parents and in-laws live too far away to be able to babysit regularly but I’m very lucky that I found a childminding couple who are flexible with looking after my daughter. I also get some help with childcare costs as our family is on a low income.
Do you worry about money? Not really, although I do worry about what would happen if my husband was made redundant or if I got sick and couldn’t work.
What do you waste money on? Lunches when I’m working. I should really make my own.
Have you made any big financial changes since having kids? Nothing major but there have been lifestyle changes that have benefited us financially. We used to spend a lot in the pub after work and going to gigs but you can’t really do that with a baby! I’m also more conscious of what I’m spending on grocery shopping and try not to waste food.
How do you make extra cash? I sell things I no longer need on Ebay and Gumtree, and try to have a car boot sale yearly. I also do the odd review on my blog, these don’t tend to be paid in cash but it’s great to get a free day out or something nice for my daughter.
Can you share 3 top budgeting tips for other parents?
1. Buy second hand whenever you can. Try Gumtree, Ebay, charity shops, boot sales and NCT nearly new sales for quality kids clothes, toys and furniture. It saves a fortune and is better for the environment.
2. If you are buying online search for vouchers and cashback available. The Money Saving Expert forum is a good place to start. You can often find free delivery or discount codes which can save a few pounds.
3. Ditch the satellite telly and get a freeview box instead. You can watch loads of shows for free on BBC iplayer and 4-OD too.
My blog is Make do mum where I write about design, crafts and parenting on a budget.
Thanks so much make do mum for sharing your tips!