Each Tuesday we will be featuring a profile of a budgeting mum, their tips and their experiences. I hope they inspire you. If you would like to feature just email me at Becky@babybudgeting.co.uk and I will send you a questionnaire…..We start our series off with Hayley Glenister:
Hi, what’s your name?
Hayley, also known as @Simply_Hayley and @Angelhales
One four year old son and I’m expecting my 2nd son in July.
Do you work? FT/PT?
I work part time as a photographer and writer/blogger.
Why do you work?
The small amount of work I do works around my son. He has always come first and him and his baby brother always will, work for me comes second, my childrens happiness is more important than working in my opinion.
What are your child care arrangements?
When I am working I only arrange it for times when my son is either at nursery or when his Grandma is around to look after him.
How do you manage for money?
Money has always been tight, I was a single parent at 17 and finances have never been what I would class as “Comfortable” but I’ve learnt to budget and to save money in little ways and it helps make a difference. With this baby I have managed to get various bargains including a 99p baby changing unit on ebay!
Do you worry about money?
I do, Ii would be happier to be more financially comfortable and at times when big bills come through such as the gas and electric at the end of winter it can be a worrying time wondering if its possible to cover it whilst still putting food on the table.
What do you waste money on?
My little luxuries are magazines, which I am terrible for buying, especially trashy gossip magazines but also the more expensive ones such as Psychologies and Natural health! I tried to give them up for lent and failed! That and chocolate! But what woman doesn’t 😉
Have you made any big financial changes since having kids?
Only that as a parent money goes on the children first and their needs and you second! I’m a bargain hunter and hate spending more than I need to on things, recently because I’ve been pregnant I’ve had to buy new clothes but usually I buy for myself in Charity shops!
How do you make extra cash?
I try and avoid needing extra cash but sometimes when the opportunities arise for sponsored posts on my blog etc if its relevant I sometimes take them. That and babysitting for friends.
Can you share 3 top budgeting tips for other parents?
1. Search on eBay for furniture and large purchases. Refine your search by “Distance First” and by setting a maximum price you are looking for, you’d be amazed at the bargains you can find within a few miles of you.
2. If you want to do up your home check out your local charity shops, there are so many unwanted gifts and items in them that people have donated because they no longer wanted them, many of my finds are often brand new just at a cut price as you’ve brought from a charity shop and not brand new!
3. Sign up to your local Freecycle/Freegle another great way to furnish your home and to find new toys and outside toys for the kids completely for FREE, the key though is to be quick and as soon as something is listed reply, but be poliete, people often wont respond if you are rude or abrupt, a please and thank you doesn’t go a miss.
I blog at www.simplyhayley.co.uk/blog,
Thank for sharing Hayley – great tips!