It was tough convincing my DP to ttc because he always worries about money. I promised him that babies don't need to be mega expensive, so he set me a challenge of trying to get everything (and I mean starting from scratch EVERYTHING, even including decorating the nursery etc!) for less than £500 (approx $700) Why £500? Because we will be entitled to a Sure Start Maternity Grant of £500 once the baby is born, meaning that it will have actually cost us nothing! (That's the plan anyway!) My only rule is that the car seat and the cot mattress MUST be brand new (though might be cheeky and ask my Dad to buy the car seat )
I thought I would keep track of how I do, as it might help someone else looking to do a baby on a budget! If anyone has any ideas/tips/tricks, please share!
far I have spent: £60.60 ($86.75)
(I'm NOT including the cost of Pregnancy Vitamins incl folic acid (£4) , and hpts (£2.52 for 15) unless I end up under budget! )
That breaks down to:
53 items of baby clothing (ranging from newborn to
3-6mths) - Local charity store had a 10 items for £1 on baby clothes so I
filled 5 bags before I felt like I was being cheeky!! It works out at 10p a sleepsuit/top/pants/vest/coat mostly unisex but including the most BEAUTIFUL pale pink jacket with flowers on it that I would have paid £5.60 for on it's own so I don't care if I
only use 1/4 of it! Even better the majority of it looks pretty much brand new and really good quality. Also bought 3 disney sleepsuits from another charity shop
for 60p, so total cost on clothing so far is £5.60 (erm $8)
A real wooden
rocking chair in beautiful condition that cost me £25 ($36?) again in a
charity shop. Going to make some cushions for it from some old pillows/material. See I really wanted a glider
chair but couldn't really justify the cost then when I saw the real
wood rocker I just had to! Not *really* a necessity, but will look totally cute in the nursery, and is suprisingly comfy!
10x second hand lollipop size 1 bamboo
nappies for £17 ($24), and 5x new Little Lamb size 1 wraps £13 ($18) Still need probably another 10 fast drying nappies to add to this but so far am mega pleased with myself on these ones.
Aaaaand that's where I'm up to so far! Going to a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) nearly new sale on Sunday with DP (it will probably traumatise him) so will update then as I will hopefully will nab some more bargains!!