Disposable vs Cloth Nappies – which is the best option for you?

Cloth vs disposable nappies, which are the best option for you. Find out the pros and cons of both in this full comparison review. Nappies | Diapers | Best | Option | Comparison | Pros | Cons | Cloth | Washable | Reusable | Disposable | Storage | Washing | Accessories | Verdict | Cost | Saving | Frugal Living | Parenting | Families
Work out which nappies suit you best.

Are you a mum (or about to become a mum) and are wondering about what kind of nappies to use? It’s something I never really thought about when my first baby was born. I only knew about one option so that’s what I went with. I stocked up with what I thought was a phenomenal amount of disposable nappies, which suddenly disappeared within a week!

Phew, what a lot of pooping babies do! I was not at all ready for it!

I seemed to be firing through hundreds of nappies at every bat of an eyelid, with the cost rapidly mounting.

 

What’s the alternative?

When I say I only knew of one option for nappies, that’s not technically true. I did know about cloth nappies. But my knowledge was limited to “Those flimsy white wrap things that get covered in poop and require your washing machine to be constantly running.”

So I continued with disposables for several years, putting the mounting cost down to a necessary baby expense.

Until, one day, a friend introduced me to modern cloth nappies. So I decided to put them to the test. Could these be a frugal alternative to disposables I could manage? Continue reading “Disposable vs Cloth Nappies – which is the best option for you?”

6 Top Budget Toddler Gifts

Need a great gift for a toddler? On a budget? Here are my top recommendations. Gifts | For Toddler | For Kids | For Boy | For Girl | On A Budget | Cheap | Top | Recommendation | Frugal Living
You don’t need to spend a fortune to find a great gift for a toddler.

If you’re a mum who socialises with other mums then you’ve no doubt had to, at some point, buy gifts for their children. I love choosing gifts for my friends kids and for friends of my kids. But when you’re buying multiple gifts a year then the cost can quickly mount up.

 

So many birthdays to buy for!

My son has just started nursery which has exposed him to a whole new bunch of friends which is great! He’s a very sociable little boy and it wasn’t long before the first birthday party invite arrived.

Even before he started nursery he had a lot of friends. These friends all had birthdays (obviously!) which often involved a party, or at least a gift being given.

Like I said above, buying lots of presents can get expensive. Very expensive. If your child goes to 10 parties in a year and you spend £10 on each of those children, that’s a whopping £100!!! Continue reading “6 Top Budget Toddler Gifts”

Top Recipe Books Every Kitchen Should Have

Stop wasting money on recipe books you won't use, find out why every kitchen needs these 4!
Stop wasting money on recipe books you won’t use, find out why every kitchen needs these 4!

How many recipe books are in your kitchen? 1, 5 10, 50?? When was the last time you looked at each of them? Have you even used them all?

I’m guessing that you have far more books than you actually need. I love browsing through cook books but only really use a handful of recipes from each of them, so their main purpose is cluttering up the kitchen shelves.

There are a few that break that rule though! I have 4 recipe books that I regularly use. And I have tried most of the recipes in them. If I was asked to get rid of all my other recipe books, I would still have all the recipes I regularly use in these 4 books. Continue reading “Top Recipe Books Every Kitchen Should Have”

Budget Alternative to the Stokke Tripp Trapp

If the popular Stokke Tripp Trapp is out of your budget then have a look at this budget alternative.
If the popular Stokke Tripp Trapp is out of your budget then have a look at this budget alternative.

One of the many purchases every new parent (or parent-to-be) needs to think about is a highchair. Something to allow your baby to sit with you at the table to enjoy their meals, or possibly more accurately throw their food all over the floor! But with SO many different highchairs to choose from, how on earth are you supposed to choose one? Continue reading “Budget Alternative to the Stokke Tripp Trapp”

Top 7 Most Useful Gifts For New Mums

Need a great gift for a new mum? On a budget? Here are my top recommendations. Gifts | For Mums | New Mums | For Her | Practical | On A Budget | Useful | Top | Ideas | Frugal Living | Baby
Need a great gift for a new mum? On a budget? Here are my top recommendations.

I seem to be in that phase of life where all my friends (and me!) are having babies! I love that there is always a newborn to go and visit and cuddle (and who will usually vomit on me at some point during said visit/cuddle time!)

Problem

But what should you give to a new mum? Do you get a ridiculously cute outfit that, although it’s totally gorgeous, will be hugely impractical? Or do you get something boring and useful like nappies/wipes/cotton wool that you absolutely know will be used, but isn’t the most exciting gift to give?

Solution

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1 Thing Frugal Mums Do To Save BIG Every Year!

This one thing frugal mums do can save you £1000! If you want to save money then following this one easy piece of advice could save you big bucks. Save | Budget | Save Money | Annual Savings | Renewals | Frugal Living | At Home | Ideas | Tips |
This one thing frugal mums do can save you £1000!

Have you ever had a renewal quote come through for your car insurance, house insurance, broadband etc, quickly scanned it, thought “yup, that looks ok” and then filed it away and forgotten about it? That used to be me and I cringe now when I think about it. Why do I cringe? Because, when I did this, it was literally like I was throwing money into the bin. Seriously! How could I possibly know that quote looked “ok” when I didn’t even bother to check what any other companies had on offer?!

A lot of companies draw you in with special rates and discounts for new customers. After a year these special rates no longer apply and guess what? Yes, your quote will suddenly shoot up.

I kind of understood this so wasn’t surprised when my renewal letters showed an increased price for my second year. But what I didn’t really know was that by shopping around, I could save seriously big bucks on my renewals.

Continue reading “1 Thing Frugal Mums Do To Save BIG Every Year!”

One Easy Way to Stop Overspending Today

Stop overspending and get back on track with your budgeting today. Budget | Spending | Overspending | Money | Tips | How To | Guide | Budgeting
Get back on track with your budget today.

Do you often get to the end of the month and wonder where on earth all your money went?

It’s so easy not to notice a few pounds here and a few pounds there, but all these little amounts soon add up. I have to admit that I didn’t really start paying attention to where all my money was going until I stopped earning! How backwards is that?!

But when I stop and think about it, it does kinda make sense. When I was earning a full-time salary I didn’t really need to keep track of my spending because I always knew there was enough to keep me going until the next paycheck. But since becoming a stay-at-home-mum and relying solely on my husbands income, I’ve really started to watch where the pennies go. And I learned a very easy way to keep on top of my spending which I’m going to share with you today… Continue reading “One Easy Way to Stop Overspending Today”

3 Steps to Stress-Free Christmas Shopping

Have a stress-free Christmas by following these 3 easy steps. Christmas | Shopping | Stress Free | How To | Guide | Family | Fun
Stress-free Christmas is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Christmas. A time to be happy and spend time with family, playing silly games and wearing silly jumpers! But also a crazy to-do list (or should I say to-buy list?!) that seems to be never ending. How much would you love to get through that to-do list stress-free? Well let me give you some pointers so you can make that a reality…

 

Start early!

This is the most vital part to ensuring you get your stress-free Christmas. And by starting early I’m not talking like the start of December (you know who you are!!), I’m talking like September. Yup, once summer’s over and the schools are back it’s time to start thinking about the dreaded ‘C’ word.

I like to split my Christmas shopping into two categories… Continue reading “3 Steps to Stress-Free Christmas Shopping”