It’s no secret that babies are pretty adorable yet pricey little additions to the family. And they come with a lot of stuff – from the big ticket things like the pram, car seat and stroller. To the smaller but must-have items like nappies, wipes and formula.
Many new parents may be wondering how they can get the absolute most of their budget while doing the weekly shop. Managing your finances with a whole new family member to cater for can be a daunting task at first.
We’ve teamed up with ALDI to map out a clear and easy shopping guide for new parents, from creating a weekly meal plan to sticking to your shopping list – here are 6 simple ways to make the most out of your baby budget.
1. Create a weekly meal plan
One of the biggest expenses for families can be the weekly grocery bill. With lots of hungry mouths to feed this expense can get out of hand very quickly. Spend some time each week planning meals and snacks and making a shopping list before you go. Batch cooking meals, taking leftovers for lunches and buying things on special can all add up. Look at any other areas where your spending could be tightened up.
2. Make your own purees
If you’ve got the time, try and get your puree on. If time isn’t on your side, you can easily shop Mamia Baby Food Pouches as a quick and easy option so you have a selection ready to go!
3. Be sale savvy
When it comes to swooping in on a good deal, being organised and knowing when the offer is about to drop can make a huge difference.
Pick up an ALDI Weekly Catalogue on your way out of the shop or sign up for their ALDI Special Buys newsletter to be the first to know when a too-good-to-be-true deal is about to land.
4. Everyday low prices
Another thing ALDI are great at? Everyday low prices. From nappies to baby wipes, baby pouches and more, ALDI offers a huge range of quality yet cost-effective bulk options. This means you can buy multiple items without breaking the bank!
5. Shop at the same place
When you know your supermarket layout like the back of your hand, it makes your shopping trips there so much more productive. Why not try your local ALDI? A majority of their stores are mapped out identically and they pride themself on their minimalistic layout.
ALDI is much-loved for its quality and cost-effective items that you can easily pick up without the struggle of going to four different shops.
6. Keep track of your budget
Lastly, making a budget and keeping track of your spending (albeit a drag in the beginning) is a really helpful way to understand where your higher costs lie. If you’re aware of your spending, you’re more likely to save where possible.
There’s no denying that times are incredibly tough for families right now with inflation on the up. On top of that, your hip pocket might take another hit while you are living on a reduced income and getting used to your new life with little ones.
But with a family budget, careful planning and a little conscious spending, you will be able to save for the things you enjoy.
This is a paid partnership between Kiindred x ALDI