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It's ok to accept 'pre-loved' toys

Budget ahead of spending on baby. This can help you to prioritise the essential items first, and help you avoid impulse-buying items you may not be able to afford.

Speak to your family and friends about gifts. Family and friends will want to give gifts to the new baby so why not ask if they might club together to buy something like a high chair or buggy or a voucher.

Plan carefully before your weekly shop. Check the prices of the same product in different supermarkets, and then buy in bulk at the cheapest place.

Write out a shopping list. Avoid impulse buys at the supermarket by creating a meal plan for the week. Also, make meals in bulk and freeze them, thereby saving you time and money.

Become a bargain shopper. Get to know when the kids' clothes sales are on. Buy bigger sizes to get you through the year ahead.

Look for -- or accept -- second-hand baby stuff. There is nothing more helpful than a bag of kids' clothes or pre-loved toys.

If you don't have friends or family already swamping you with these try websites such as freecycle.org, gumtree.ie, rollercoaster.ie or magicmum.com

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