Children can be expensive… but they also let you get memberships to several exclusive clubs so you can save cash on their essentials
The discounts and deals change all the time, but there’s a lot to like about Ikea Family. If the item you want to buy has a little family symbol next to it, that means it’s discounted at the till.
You’ll also get free tea or coffee, discounted main courses – sometimes as much as 50%.
And free insurance while you transport your item home until you’ve assembled it. (Terms and conditions do apply!) Plus you get Ikea Live, a free glossy interiors magazine through your door four times a year. Better than a catalogue, there’s loads of styling tips and tricks.
The Amazon Family club does cost £79 a year – that’s £6.58 a month, but you can usually make your money back in savings. Plus, you can get a 30-day free trial.
They offer 20% off a nappy subscription (never run out again), 30% off water wipes and up to £50 of offers every month.
SIgn up for free to the Boots Parenting Club – you’ll need Boots Advantage card membership. Then you’ll get a voucher for a free changing bag, which you’ll need to exchange in store. Then you’ll be able to collect 10 points for every £1 you spend in store and online (100 points is worth £1).
You’ll also get sent discount vouchers, a free magazine every two months, and monthly emails explaining your baby’s progress – through sleepless nights to potty training and beyond with advice and one or two products you might like to try.
You’ll continue to receive emails of you and your baby’s progress along with regular magazines until your child is 2 years old.
Babies R Us Mother and Baby Club includes money-off vouchers and exclusive offers worth over £200.
Once your little one gets bigger, sign up to the Toys R Us Gold Card and every time you make a purchase totalling at least £10 you’ll receive 1 point for every £1 spent. And you’ll get offers on everything from car hire to holidays, restaurants to gifts.
Usually given out by your GP, Emma’s Diary helps explain pregnancy and beyond. The glossy book also comes with £200 of Argos money-off vouchers – conditional on you spending a certain amount, of course – a Bonusprint photobook voucher worth £15, free Newborn Essentials Pack from Johnson’s Baby, money-off vouchers and access to online forums.
You’ll also get similar offers from Bounty – packs are given out by your midwife, usually at your booking in appointment. There has been some controversy surrounding Bounty reps being allowed on the postnatal wards at hospital, encouraging you to buy photos of your newborn.