From that very first positive test to feeling those first movements and finally after the long wait looking into those beautiful eyes, having a baby can be one of the most exciting times of your life but also one of the most expensive. The never-ending list of items that you need can be daunting and costly but there are a few ways to start you off that don’t cost a penny, here’s how…
Bounty packs have been around for years you will receive your first pack when you visit your midwife for your booking in appointment, inside there will be lots of information and leaflets and a coupon for your next pack the Mum-to-be pack. The Mum-to-be pack can be collected using the coupon from Asda, Tesco, and Superdrug however where it’s collected from will determine the contents as they are different for each store. Usually inside these will be lots of sample products and coupons. The Newborn pack is your next one and this will be given to you while you are in hospital after welcoming your new bundle of joy. This pack will contain a pack of nappies and a small pack of wipes as well as lots more samples and coupons. Also, in this pack will be a coupon for your final bounty pack The Growing Family pack and just like the others this will contain more product samples and coupons. Make sure you download the Bounty app as they often have extra freebies or codes you can use
Like Bounty, Emma’s Diary are also packs you can collect. Sign up to Emma’s Diary www.emmasdiary.co.uk and they will give you 3 vouchers you can print off for packs that can be collected from either Argos or Boots. It will also give you a sheet of Argos coupons you can print. Just recently there was a great one that allowed you to buy an Angelcare nappy bin for absolutely nothing so definitely worth getting. The packs are Mum to be, Bump to Baby and New family and unlike Bounty where you must pick them up over time the Emma’s diary packs can be collected all at once giving you a treasure trove of samples and coupons. In every pack you will have some pampers nappies and wipes as well as £1 off coupons. Also, samples and coupons for items such as Fairy, Aquafresh and lots of others. There is also a Labour information pack that can be collected from your midwife or your GP, these usually contain product samples from Dettol, Pampers, Fairy and Bepanthen among others.
Boots Parenting Club
If you have a boots advantage card you can sign up to their Parenting club, as a new member you will receive a welcome gift usually a changing bag and you also get the advantage of 10 points per £1 on baby items instead of the usual 4 points per £1, coupons will be sent via post a few times a year and if you connect your card with the Boots app then you can send personalised coupons directly to your card.
Other Baby Clubs
Places such as Cow and Gate, Aptamil, Hipp, Tesco, Asda, and Pampers all have baby clubs you can join. All of them have a welcome gift, Cow and Gates is a little cow teddy and Aptamils is a Polar bear, they all come with coupons for joining and then periodically they will send you coupons through the post which can be used for money off their products. Sign up to as many as you can find as all the coupons you receive will add up quickly and before you know it you will have a massive coupon shop to do.
List of Baby Clubs Worth Joining…
Cow & Gate Baby Club https://www.cgbabyclub.co.uk/register
Aptamil Baby Club https://www.aptaclub.co.uk/register?
Hipp Baby Club – https://www.hipp.co.uk/babyclub/join-the-hipp-babyclub/
ASDA Baby Club – https://www.asda.com/baby-club
Pampers Reward Club https://www.pampers.co.uk/registration
SMA Baby Club https://www.smababy.co.uk/registration/
Coupon sites and Cashback Apps
These are great ways of getting items cheap and sometimes free! Caring Everyday always have coupons for money of Johnson’s baby products and SuperSavvyMe have coupons for items such as Fabric softener and laundry detergent. Cashback apps such as Shopmium and CheckoutSmart often have baby food items for free once you have uploaded your receipt and claimed your money back.