As a parent it can be somewhat overwhelming to know exactly what are the parenting essentials you actually need. Seventeen years ago when I bought my first baby home from the hospital, I was the first of my friends to have a baby. We didn’t have any spare money. We learnt to budget in those early years which has given us the skills for life.
However I did buy a baby bath which I wish I hadn’t! Not only do they take up lots of space they are just not needed. By the time Erin came along the baby bath was a new washing up bowl bought especially for the purpose! Since those early experiences I have always researched purchases and made smarter choices.
Which? is the go-to magazine and website for reviews of thousands of products, including those essential parent and child purchases. The reviews will ensure you don’t make expensive mistakes.
One recent article was on how to spot a fake baby carrier or sling which is a huge issue at the moment and potentially very dangerous. Readers will know that our daughter had hip dysplasia and has endured multiple surgeries to correct her hip. If your child has an unstable hip, badly designed or ill-fitting carriers can exacerbate hip problems. Educating yourself on how to spot a fake could save you money on a dangerous, poor quality product.
In addition to the big buys Which? also carries out tests on smaller everyday purchases. We all know how grubby our children get after a day playing outside. Therefore I enjoy reading about the products put through the test lab. A recent test was on laundry liquid. Which? tested a number of detergents and shared the top three results. Top products are awarded a ‘Best Buy’ stamp. These really make a difference to our everyday spending.
What you’ll get with a Which? membership:
- Which? magazine – monthly magazine straight to your door with all Which?’s latest tips and reviews
- Which? online reviews – expert reviews with Best Buys & Don’t Buys for a range of baby and child products
- Which? expert guides – expert advice on everything from fitting car seats to using breast pumps
Take out a Which? magazine subscription for just £1 for your first month and get a £5 voucher to spend. The card is redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Marks & Spencer, Starbucks, Argos and John Lewis. Once you sign up you will be confirmed as a valid customer and emailed the voucher within 45 days Your £1 trial unlocks all expert, impartial Which? reviews If you decide you like the trial, membership automatically continues at £10.75, but can be cancelled at any time.
To claim your £5 eGift:
- Click through to the TOTS 100 Blogger Network landing page
- Enter your name and email address (this is only used for checking you are a valid Which? customer and sending your eGift)
- On the thank you page, click “Buy Now”
- Fill in the Which? registration form and start your £1 trial
- Once you have been confirmed as a valid Which? customer, you will be emailed your £5 eGift
Other Ways to Save on Everyday Spends:
- Cashback sites including TopCashBack. Once you have researched your future purchases make sure you buy them using a cashback site to get some money back.
- Companies like to give us FREE FOOD to try. It is simple you just sign up to Shopmium and use my referral code AEUUHCGN. You can then try products and claim the money pack via paypal. There is no minimum payout.
- Get a student union card which entitles you to discounts in restaurants and clothes shops. My daughter bought hers for £12 now that she is doing her A-levels but there are other ways to qualify for one if you are not a student. Andy from Clever With Your Cash has the step-by-step instructions in this post.
Do let me know in the comments your top ways for saving money on everyday essentials.