Life is expensive and life with kids is even more expensive.
So, anything you can do to cut the costs of living and pocketing those extra pennies will help.
Being a savvy shopper isn’t hard – just a few simple steps will make sure you are bagging the best deals every day.
MMM shows you some of the best way to cut the costs of everyday shopping.
If you do a lot of shopping online, there are a number of cashback sites that will give you a percentage of your costs back to you as a reward.
All you have to do is register and click through to your retailer, such as Mothercare or Sainsbury’s, via the cashback website.
The website will track where you have come from and will reward you when you buy something.
Most cashback sites feature hundreds of retailers, so in most cases, you will claw back some money.
Cashback can vary from as little as 1% to as high as 15%.
Smartphones have opened up a world of opportunities when it comes to finding the best deal when out and about.
The following sites will allow you to use your smartphone to compare prices – so next time when you are shopping, take a few minutes to see if it’s cheaper elsewhere before handing over the cash – the savings can be significant.
If you want to take advantage of more special offers, some retailers have mother and baby clubs – they are essentially loyalty clubs, but worth joining as they can come with good benefits and regular money-off vouchers.
Here’s MMM’s list of top mummy and baby clubs:
Tesco Baby & Toddler Club
What you get – money-off vouchers, magazine with product reviews and tips
Boots Parenting Club
What you get – free change bag, free magazine, exclusive offer, and 10 points on your loyalty card for every £1 you spend on baby products, as opposed to just 4 points for every £1 you spend
Sainsbury’s Little Ones baby & toddler club
What you get – Free Huggies baby bundle, Little Ones magazine, exclusive offers
If you tend to shop in one particular place a lot, loyalty cards can be a great way to bag up some extra rewards and money off your shopping.
As long as you are not tempted to spend more or buy from a particular place, just because there’s a loyalty card in your purse, they can be a great way to get money off vouchers and freebies.
For online shoppers, there is a voucher code for almost everything. Before you make a purchase, it is wise to hunt around to see if there is a voucher code available.
Once you’ve found your code, simply enter it into the voucher/promotion code box on your purchase page and voila! – you’ve just got yourself a great deal – it’s worth the effort.
MMM will bring you the top deals here every day – but also sign up to the newsletter to make sure you’re not missing out on money saving tips.
As a parent, there are plenty of free offers, entitlements and gifts you can take advantage off.
If you want to find out what you might be able to get for free, check out the sites below.
Offers include vouchers, free days out, clothing, packs and samples.
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When your child is born, they will be entitled to free books via the Bookstart scheme. Speak to your health visitor about it as they will have the free packs – don’t miss out, as not all health visitors remember to give them to you