Written for MyFamilyClub by Amanda Hall-Davis
Becoming a first-time parent can be a daunting and potentially expensive time. We show you how you can ease some of the burden with ways to save money by buying your pram for less.
According to the annual Cost Of A Child Report from LV= insurer, buying the essentials and kitting out your baby after it’s born can add up to an estimated £865 a month. But before you rush out to buy a state of the art pram, take a look at the cheaper options available to you.
Prices for prams can be astronomical but the tips below can help you save significantly. It is worth your time to test drive the prams and make a list of key practical points before you chose your model.
1. Use a Deal
Look around for any discount codes and vouchers that are currently on offer. For example, Kiddisave are currently offering 10% off when you spend £100 by quoting code baby10. Or check out Kiddicare’s clearance stock with up to 75% off prams and pushchairs.
An ideal ‘pre-family’ hunting ground where you may be able to pick up a free pram is Freecycle, a UK recycling network. You can join for free and exchange unwanted items with another person within your local community.
3. Rent a Pram
Why not save your cash by renting a pram? Faced with the tough economic climate, you can now rent a pram from just £20 a month at Rentabuggy.co.uk, with a minimum of three months rental. If you chose to keep the pram, you can buy it at a discount retail price.
4. Place a Free Ad
You can place your own free classified advert within your area on Gumtree. Just click on the ‘post an ad’ icon then click on the wanted section and complete your personal and contact details. You can post your free advert site for 30 days and state which pram model you would like, at what price you are willing to pay.
5. Buy a Second Hand Pram
Specialist children’s charity shops provide an ideal hunting ground for bargains. There are specialist shops across the UK where you can save money on prams. These include the Baby Blues Appeal charity shop in the West Midlands, Barnardo’s specialist shops located in Liverpool, Doncaster, Bolton and Ireland.
Other children’s shops are the Red Cross in Yorkshire and the Fara Kid’s shop, which has branches across London and Surrey. These shops can offer a selection of second hand prams and if you are looking for a specific pram then ask the staff to take your contact details and let you know if the item can be located in another branch.
6. Nearly new sales
NCT, a UK’s parenting charity, organises nearly new sales for parents that don’t want to pay full price for baby essentials. With 750 sales in the UK over the year, you can chose a sale near your local area at a time that suits you. Search for a NCT sale near you to get hold of pram bargains.
7. Baby slings and carriers
8. Buy now pay later
With extensive surfing, you can find ‘buy now pay later’ schemes for your chosen pram and check for the added bonus of interest-free credit for up to one year or more. For example, the Mothercare baby plan scheme allows you to pay for your chosen pram in interest-free instalments.
9. Baby shower contributions
Organise a baby shower and ask your friends to contribute towards the cost of a pram.
10. Buy a cheap buggy
Cut out the use for ‘3 in 1’ prams to save money. Instead, use a sling plus a car seat for the first few months, then opt for a cheap buggy for as little as £20.