Profile of a budgeting mum: Zoe Woods

Hi, what’s your name?

Zoe Woods, nice to meet you!


Any kids?

Yes, one daughter called Ines

Do you work? FT/PT?

I’m a full time mum and also run two businesses from home, Baby Dubois ( making baby clothes and slings, and Crafty Baba ( teaching sewing and knitting from home.

Why do you work?

Partly to pay the bills but also to keep myself sane and in the game workwise.


What are your child care arrangements?

I work when my daughter’s asleep but when I have a show or classes to teach, my daughter goes to her Grandparents for the day.

How do you manage for money?

Ummmm… just about.

Do you worry about money?

Worrying about it won’t make it appear! I try not to worry and channel my energy into making more of it.

What do you waste money on?

Buttons! If I have one extravagance it has to be haberdashery but to justify it, it can turn an outfit into a super gorgeous one, and your kid into a little cutie pie.

Have you made any big financial changes since having kids?

It’s hard to say if the recession or having a child has changed things, probably a bit of both. I have downsized my house which was a big change and the car is being repaired, not replaced.

How do you make extra cash?

So many ways! I give sewing and knitting lessons, I take in dressmaking jobs, I design websites and I pop my daughter’s clothes into NCT Nearly New Sales, a great place to snap up a bargain!

Can you share 3 top budgeting tips for other parents?

1. Learn to sew a simple kid’s t-shirt from some jersey fabric. Kids get through so many of them and they are easy to customize.

2. If you can’t make them, learn to repair them. Reinforced knees on a pair of jeans will make them last a whole lot longer.

3. Homemade birthday cards are so much nicer than shop bought ones and treasured. I try and keep them a little “rustic” so they keep their hand crafted appeal.


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