The Best Gift for a New Mum

Once the baby comes along, it all seems to be about them. Nobody thinks about a gift for a new mum and how something small can make such a difference to their day. In this post I am going to tell you about the little things which I know can make such a difference to…

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Return to Work options after a baby

Going to work after you have had a baby can be an overwhelming thought. Long hours, unsuitable work patterns, commutes and the cost of childcare can make it all seem a waste of time. Here are your options for working after your maternity leave ends. 1. Work Full Time There is no shame in doing…

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What do I need to buy for my baby?

Firstly congratulations and welcome to the club. In this article, I am going to talk about what you need to buy for your baby. By the end, you will know the priority items that your baby needs and how to get them on a budget. There are so many things you could buy. However, as…

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What size of clothes should I buy for my baby?

Baby clothes come in so many different sizes it can be confusing to know what to buy.  Sizes start from Tiny Baby for smaller babies and then up to the bigger sizes.  But what size baby clothes will you need for your baby? The retailer provided ‘baby lists’ will tell you to buy newborn then…

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How to safely buy secondhand items for baby.

When our eldest was born, I laughed when people suggested I buy secondhand anything for my precious firstborn. The secondhand market for baby items is a minefield. Once you get the hang of how things work, it can be both an invaluable source of savings as a buyer and earn you some extra cash as a seller.…

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How to save money on toys

Are you tired of spending a fortune on toys for you kids? Do you want to know the best way to save money on toys? I’m not sure about your kids, but I think mine probably play with less than 50% of their toys. That means we have stuff which is unplayed with, still in…

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How to get extra money for maternity leave

Maternity leave can be a tremendous financial strain, especially if you are only entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity Allowance (MA). Extra money for maternity leave could be a game-changer for you. This could mean the difference between the maternity leave you can afford, and the maternity leave you want. SMP was all I received…

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What is Maternity Pay for Self Employed Mums?

Self-employed Mums, unfortunately, don’t qualify for Maternity Pay. Maternity Pay is restricted to Mums who are employed. The payment of Maternity Pay is a contractual obligation of the employer. So what options do self-employed Mums have for maternity pay? There are two types of self-employment. The first is where you are self-employed as a Sole…

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How to spend less on kids clothes

Are you grappling with the constant challenge of how to spend less on kids clothes? Are you fed up with the mountain of outgrown, hardly worn items currently cluttering up your spare room? The secret is you need a clothes plan for your kids. I’ve written in other posts about my pre 2020 stockpiling. Buying…

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Are you confused by Maternity Leave?

Maternity Leave and Maternity Pay in the UK can be confusing to get your head around. SMP, OML, and AML – what on earth do they all mean? The UK has one of the longest periods of paid maternity leave in the world. BUT we have one the world’s worst paid maternity leaves. Mums who do not qualify for…

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