I love all things cheap or reduced and this includes buying things second hand. I am going to list the major items that have saved me a lot of money this year. saving money requires wisdom.
After purchasing our property, we were blessed with everything we needed to function meaning we got everything from beds, kitchenware and wardrobes to things like a Henry hoover and even a random red 2 seater sofa for FREE, which I am grateful for but as time has gone by, my husband and I decided it was time to decorate and do up the flat bit by bit. In the last two years, we have had two children and babies are costly so making our money stretch was vital. So being the queen of frugality, I got to work.
Sofa – Black L shaped leather sofa – RRP £600 – i paid £100 from shpock.com. SAVING £500
Chicco adjustable high chair – RRP £66- I paid £6 from ebay.com and I spent an extra £3 buying a new cover. After a good clean, it looks brand new. SAVING £57
Travel cot with new mattress- RRP £80 – i paid £20. SAVING £60
Dining table and Chairs– RRP £150 – I paid £10. SAVING £140
Mcclaren Pushchair– RRP New: £179.99 second hand equivalent – £50-60 – I paid £5 – purchased at mums2mums event.
Baby clothes– I can honestly say I have spent less than £100 in a year on clothes for both my kids due to great friends and family giving me hand- me-downs and buying 2nd hand at sale events and online.
SAVING £TOO MUCH TO EVEN GIVE A FIGURE
Shoes– 3 designer infant trainers retailing at £120 cost me £20
3 PIECE NURSERY FURNITURE SET– £600 – I paid £0 ALL DONATED BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SAVING £600
The moral of the story, in order to become savvy with money, you need to develop an eye for a good deal.
Browse charity shops- they are full of gems
Browse online stores such as shpock,ebay, facebook market and gumtree
And thirdly build good relationships with people who in essence will be willing to donate to you. Don’t be a ashamed to received good will.
Comment below your best bargains.