10 ideas that will save you thousands

Having a baby doesn’t have to cost the earth. How to have some of the 10 “must have” baby items but only pay a fraction of the cost? These ideas will save you thousands so do it the Ecochick way:

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Breastfeeding pillow – the Ecochick way – tripillow that I already own
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Fancy change table – the Ecochick way – cupboard you already own that can be used for clothes later

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Bottle steriliser – the Ecochick way – use the dishwasher

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Lovely Moses basket – the Ecochick way – family bassinet

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Child safety locks – the Ecochick way – hair ties

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Fancy nappy bag – the Ecochick way – backpack I already own

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Expensive disposable nappies and wipes – the Ecochick way – cloth wipes and nappies

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Baby monitor – the Ecochick way – have baby in your room till 6 months

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New designer clothes – the Ecochick way – buy second hand or hand me downs or clothes made by grandma

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Fancy highchair – the Ecochick way – $10 highchair from a second hand shop

 

Answer:

the Ecochick way – second hand or hand me downs –

the Ecochick way – second hand or hand me downs.

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11 thoughts on “10 ideas that will save you thousands

  1. Michelle
    October 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    My dad goes to garage sales every weekend so most of Peter’s stuff is second hand (apart from my all his toys because of my shopaholic nana!) Great post xx

  2. October 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Yes, nothing wrong with second hand. My daughters clothes went to a friend with a young daughter, and have just come back again for my stepdaughter. The clothes are still in perfectly good condition.

    the other place to look for second hand stuff is Freecycle or recycling places such as trash palace, or Earthlink, or Trademe (everything can be cleaned). Maybe we need to collaborate on a blog – I saw something like this recently somewhere, think it was http://www.wainotbegreen.co.nz

  3. October 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Of course Kris. Those places are where it is at!! Most of John’s things have come from trade me. Oh how I love thee. Oh and I can’t find that website. I’ve been thinking of doing a post on those things to just haven done it yet would be cool to do it together.

  4. October 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    First time to your blog. Visiting from the Blog Challenge. You have some fantastic ideas here! Really appreciate your commitment to our environment AND doing it on a shoestring budget!

  5. October 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Aww thanks Martha. I’m very passionate about both those topics! Welcome along.

  6. October 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Madeline this is great! I don’t have any children but it’s so refreshing to see promotion that isn’t marketing for the sake of making money! It doesn’t take much to save money AND landfill so Thanks :)

  7. October 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Another great post. Our girls wear lots of second hand clothing and much loved hand me downs. I am really keen to get in on making kids clothes from second hand, or preloved clothes of mine too!

  8. October 12, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for sharing these. I love your hair tie idea.

    With Lily we were able to borrow just about everything we needed – cot, change table, bouncers, clothes.

    However, when we had Sophie, all my close relatives were having babies too so I had to give all the stuff I’d borrowed back. We managed to get some things off Trade Me, and I borrowed a bassinet from a neighbour which came in really handy when she was a newborn.

  9. October 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I definitely bought second hand clothes for my kiddos. They grow so fast!

    Thanks for linking to Your Green Resource!

  10. October 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Absolutely! It’s funny how rarely today’s parents think of using hair ties to childproof cabinets–I remember seeing it done a lot in the 1970s, but when we had ours tied practically every visitor to our house said, “What a great idea!!! I never thought of that!”

    Another way to save is by not buying something until you see if you truly need it. We never bought a crib, for instance. We got a Boppy pillow as a gift, but that was my upstairs nursing pillow, and downstairs I just used 2 bed pillows stacked in a homemade cover (we’d had this on our sofa for years); being able to fit the pillow around my waist turned out to be not so important for me, although I did like the Boppy for sitting baby in when he couldn’t sit on his own and was watching me do something.

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