Having a baby is one of the most magical things you can choose to do. The depth of feeling and responsibility are like nothing else you will ever feel. Unfortunately for many new, and especially first time parents it can also be an extremely expensive time. However, with a little planning and shopping around buying baby stuff doesn’t need to be. There are some great deals to be had out there if you know where to look.
You can’t get a better price than free. This site allows you to search and browse through items that other people are offering. It also provides you with opportunities to post items that you are looking for. Most freecyclers request that you collect the items you want, so take notice of where the person lives. Remember the items being offered are generally used so check them over carefully before taking them away. You can request photos of the items before going to see them.
On Ebay you will find an amazing mixture of new and used items that you can bid for. Bidding amounts and times cover a wide range and you need to read item details and bidding instructions carefully. It can be tempting to place multiple bids for similar items. Try to avoid this because you are contractually obliged to pay for all bids you win. It is also a good idea to check the sellers return policy, just in case the item isn’t suitable when it arrives. Don’t forget to place your items back on the site once you are finished with them, this will help to cut costs even further.
One of the bonuses of using Gumtree is that you don’t need to bid for items. However, many sellers will negotiate on the asking price, especially for lager items. As with any on-line selling site ensure you read the rules and follow the safety guidelines. Never part with money, even a deposit before you have seen the item for real and be careful of any advert that requests money transfers.
4. My Baby Warehouse
If you are looking to buy those rarer, more expensive purchases such as car sets and strollers this is a great place to start. These are items that should, where be possible be bought new to ensure they meet up to date safety standards. It is also important to buy your car seat from new (If you can’t source one from family or friends) to ensure it hasn’t already been involved in an accident.
Prices at this store are hard to beat at any time and there is the added bonus of being able to go to the store or order on line. If you are really organised you can wait until the sales and stock up on non-perishables to further reduce your costs.
6. Charity / thrift stores
If you like time to search for the items you want then this could be the way to go. There are no guarantees about what you will find or the condition of the items. For these reasons this is only a good option if you don’t need the item urgently. However, you can find some real gems in charity shops and if you are creative you can make over furniture to fit your exact needs.
It might sound like a bit of a strange suggestion, but a quick search of Facebook will reveal a range of buy, sell and swap sites. These give you an opportunity to pass on your old and unwanted baby things as well as getting new baby stuff at very low cost.
There is a fantastic range of baby and children’s items available on this site. As with any on line purchases you must make sure that you check terms and conditions and whether you are buying direct from Amazon or an independent seller. Check postage costs, and returns policies before completing any purchase. You can get even better deals if you plan ahead and buy during the sales.
9. Classified ads
An alternative to on-line stores and bidding sites is to search the classified ads in your local paper. The same rules apply to this as they would for online shopping. It is also a good idea to take someone with you to view the items, even if it is just to give you a second opinion.
10. Family and friends
By far the cheapest way to source things you need for your baby is to swap with family and friends. If you have children of different ages then passing on toys, clothes and furniture is the perfect way to go. You will be surprised just how much more wear baby clothes have in them. It is also a great way to maintain your social life at little or no extra cost.