It’s been a while since we bagged a deal on eBay, but I’ve just picked up our latest bargain, another second new car. Lukcily this one, a Baghera Pedal Car, cost considerably less than the first!
Baghera Racing Pedal Car
The Baghera Bolides were inspired by legendary racing cars in automotive history with their retro design echoing the streamlined styles of the 1930’s cars.
The car is fully adjustable at the pedals and the seat allowing it to be used by children up to the age of 6 years.
Since spotting one while on holiday in Corsica, I fell in love with the vintage feel of the Baghera range of cars, and hope that when Little G-Man is older, he’ll adore his customised pedal car. View Post
With much anticipation the Aldi Baby Event finally arrived and saw Jane shoot off at 09:30 to be sure to beat the masses. As it turns out it was rather quiet at that time of the morning and she had a relaxed nosey checking the full range of items in all available colours, somewhat different to my experience.
Pregnant Parent Mayhem
During my lunch, I headed of to an Aldi close to work where, lets just say, there are more mums and dads out of work, than the national average, and it was rammed! With everything strewn all over the place it looked like the aftermath of a Black Friday event!
Still I persevered and managed come away with six Tommee Tippee bottles (even though we plan on BF), Nuby baby pram teethers, muslin cloths, a knitted blanket, long sleeve bibs, and some baby bodysuits – the latter being a mistake. I ended up with “12+ mths” for a newborn – good going Chris!
Our latest big buy was once again thanks to eBay and hence a bargain to say the least!
Our perseverance finally paid off as we managed to bag ourselves a Stokke MyCarrier for the bargain price of £30 on eBay! This, compared to the £140 price brand new is a huge saving meaning another £100 goes into our holiday fund pot 😉
For the third time, we found ourselves having a scan at the request of the NHS who wanted to be ubber precautions following the underweight/overweight shenanigans over the past two weeks.
This time, using a more precise method than an old school tape measure, we were told that we were no longer of concern, and to that we were neither under nor over, but were bang in the middle of our pregnancy growth model.
Maybe a bit blasé considering what we’ve gone through to get to this stage but we both seemed to feel there was nothing to worry about – a parents instinct?
We think it’s a boy!
Man those scans are ugly! They’re very clever but why anyone would actually pay for a 4d baby scan is past me! Still, being in the NHS, we were allowed to take a quick snap using our mobile phone – you have to have one perk working for them!
We don’t know, but from the 4D image we saw on the screen during the scan, Pancake looked just like me (i.e. bald). Seriously it just had boy looks about it, something even I had to admit to – secretly I still hope think it’s going to be a girl!
Pancake was lying in such a way that we weren’t able to confirm one way or another, which was good, as again we asked not to be told.
Sadly we’ve lost out on a number of eBay auctions for Stokke MyCarriers over the past few days mainly because we’re sticking to you limit. Around the £70 mark is what we’re happy to pay (with a small addition for P&P) any more and we’d rather pay full price for something in pristine condition with guarantee.
Every few days another pops up, so we’re still holding out hope and there’s no rush yet.
As big believers in purchasing whatever we can from eBay, saving us a small fortune, today we were the lucky winners of an auction for a collection of Boori Country Classic Furniture.
New Deal Alert
We were automatically notified about this auction via a text message after I created an IFTTT alert based on keywords “Boori Country Classic”. Due to the reserve never being reached, it was re-listed 3 times and although tempted to increase our bid or hit the “Buy Now” button, we stuck to our guns and it looks like our patience has paid off.
On our latest attempt, again we failed to reach the reserve price but received a Second Chance Offer of £255 for the collection which consisted of;
Boori Country Classic Cot Bed
Boori Country Classic Wardrobe
Boori Country Classic Toy Chest
The obvious piece missing from the furniture collection is a set of drawers, but having made a saving of around £1200 on the new cost price, I’m sure we can save up to get the matching Boori Classic Four Drawer Chest having spotted it at Kiddicare (albeit the 2015 model) and as there’s no rush we can see what sales or offers come along in the meantime.
All Hands on Deck
Now we face the problem of sorting out a white van and some assistance in the form of “Dads” and need to do it fast! It transpires that this furniture is currently in an empty house due to a move that took place over the weekend and the keys are due to be exchanged at lunchtime tomorrow.
To add to the urgency and rush factor, tomorrow is our 20 week scan. We’re not superstitious however, having all this baby furniture and travel system in the house already, does make us a little nervous.
Van Hire Shenanigans
We appreciate it’s last minute but £120 for 24 hours of van hire from Enterprise? Really? Luckily we have a Hertz close by and for £34.50 we’ve booked the same van for the same times. Pays to shop around!
We’ve still got over 4 months to go and already we know there’s no getting away from the fact that shopping for your first baby can be very expensive business – something we’re learning very quickly. On top of that, its likely one of us will be off work for a year meaning substantially less cash coming in each month.
With that in mind, we decided to budget as much as we could, refrain wherever possible from buying anything that although cute, wasn’t particularly necessary and try our best to adhere to a few other money-saving ideas along the way.
Creating a list
We’ve created a shopping list and thus far, we’re finding that we are sticking to it reasonably well. We’ve not bought a massive amount yet, but we have found that simply by having a list is making us stop and think before buying every single “oh so cute” item we see on almost a daily basis.
We also hope that by having a list, it will mean we can share it with those wanting to help us out such as parents and siblings. We’ve heard so many people say that they received tons of clothes for 0mth – 3mth babies and next to nothing for 6mth onwards. I guess its understandable but to get the most wear out of them, we plan to add a few items that would suit Pancake later on, maybe 6mth – 12mth.
There are hundreds of websites offering advice and guidance but one thing we’ve learned is to remember in most cases, the review reflects one persons experience which may not necessarily reflect our own lifestyle.
We found the Baby & Child section of the Which? website and invaluable source of information when deciding which travel system to go for and as all the products are tested in the same way, it means we had a true comparison.
Join Which? for £1 for the first month is well worth it, could save a few costly mistakes and is a website we’ll definitely be using again as we start looking at carriers and slings, monitors and high chairs in the coming months.
Consider second-hand items
This is very important to us, not that we’re tight, but because we’ve seen the deals to be had on eBay and have also seen friends picking up fantastic clothing bundles at car boot sales (check CarBootJunction.com) and from Gumtree.
After a few weeks of setting up a number of automatic eBay alerts and monitoring what the Silver Cross Wayfarer pram was going for, we managed to grab the travel system (one of three that were on our shortlist) off eBay for £266. For that we got;
Simplicity baby seat
Brand new, the travel system and accessories would have come to £675 meaning we were lucky enough to have saved over £400 simply by buying second had. For something that is in near perfect condition, a scuff here and there, it means we have £400 to spend on other essentials.
Initially once we’d won the eBay auction we were worried we’d made the wrong decision getting the Silver Cross Wayfarer. However after reflection and in the knowledge we’ll be using a sling more often than not when out and about, we think we done right 🙂 I guess we’ll only really know in 4 months time!
Decorating a baby’s bedroom has to be one of the most enjoyable and fun parts of preparing for a new arrival and I know I’m itching to get started. Simple bright colours and wall stickers are the usual route, however paying £120 for a colourful scene isn’t my idea of value.
Google and Pinterest are your friends when it comes to ideas and stencils and I plan to keep the colours to basics (blue, red green, yellow, brown, white) to easily create my own simple scene at a fraction of the cost.
I love simplicity and innocent feel of the Tesco Baby Club animals and I may have to drop them an email to see if they have large versions of the characters I can use as a stencil to help me design my own scene.
Watching the online sales
Whilst visiting our independent local baby store the assistant told us of some new parents-to-be admiring prams and asking if they “looked good” with a particular model, treating it like some sort of fashion accessory. I suspect their priorities will change after a week of nightly feeds?
Anyway, as you’ve probably gathered, we’re not bothered if we’re seen in last seasons clothes and Pancake (like it or not) will fall into this way of life too. We be making the most of the Online Sales, snapping the odd thing or two in the Spring Sales in preparation for next spring and of course making the most of cash back sites and discount codes..