Your little bundle of joy is turning into a bigger bundle everyday. Those adorable little romper suits that seemed huge just a few weeks ago are starting to become a little tight. The super expensive pushchair that you just had to have when your little darling was first born is of little use now he or she is walking everywhere. And once it's time for a big boy or big girl bed the beautiful hand crafted crib is put up in the attic to gather dust. So what do you do?
Many parents decide to hang on to their baby's things - when baby becomes toddler - because they plan on having another child in the not too distant future. But if you just don't have the space for that or you're quite sure your family is the perfect size now and aren't expecting any visits from the stork anytime soon, here are just a few tips on how you can boost your bank balance by recycling.
Sell on eBay
A decade or so ago the idea of buying or selling something online was alien to us. Not only did it seem complicated and difficult we also believed it was highly dangerous, under the illusion that fraudsters could pinch our bank details and do away with our life savings! Fast forward to now and selling products online is the norm. Millions of people upload items to auction sites like ebay every day where buyers across the globe bid to buy them. Take some photographs of the items you want to sell, write a brief description and set your guide price then let the buyers get bidding. You will usually need to pay a fee to list items, from 0.15 cents to 4 dollars but check for offers or discounts.
Keep a look out for 'baby' sales
This position you find yourself in now, with hundreds of things for a tiny baby and a not so tiny toddler who has outgrown them, is a familiar one for parents all across the country. And with the economic crisis still taking hold, many parents are choosing to make a little cash by getting rid of the things they no longer need. What's more, many more parents are choosing to buy second-hand things when they're expecting. As such there are thousands of 'baby' sale shops which will buy your unwanted things to sell to other parents. Try Onceuponachild.com, a franchise company with stores all over the country. Simply search for the nearest stores to you, check what kind of things that store is particularly interested in buying and get selling.
One great way to save money by recycling is to trade. Perhaps you have plenty of things for baby boys from when your toddler son was small but you’re now expecting a little girl and need to trade that blue stuff in for pink! Or maybe you want to trade your baby girl's crib in for a little girl's bed, rather than have to buy one. Websites such as Swapbabygoods.com are made for exactly that. Simply upload a photo and description of what you have to offer and what you want to swap it for. And the great thing about it is there are no costs involved to list or swap an item.
Article written and supplied by Gladstone Brookes, a UK based PPI claims company helping consumers claim back mis-sold PPIs on their loans, mortgages and credit cards. We love sharing money saving tips and personal finance advice.