SAV­ING IS child's play WITH SEC­OND-HAND SHOP­PING

Your Pregnancy - - Bump Talk -

Whether you’re wel­com­ing a lit­tle one for the first time or adding a new sib­ling to a grow­ing fam­ily, the fi­nan­cial pres­sures of par­ent­ing can be over­whelm­ing. A new baby comes with a host of new ex­penses, from med­i­cal care to nurs­ery items, travel equip­ment and nap­pies. But the good news is that there are sev­eral ways to get smart about sav­ing. Ac­cord­ing to a 2016 survey conducted by Gumtree South Africa and Tum­s2Tots On­line, South African moms tend to hold on to valu­able baby goods long af­ter their tots have out­grown them. “Ten per­cent of women sur­veyed had at least R40 000 worth of un­used baby goods tak­ing up space in their homes. The items are typ­i­cally bought dur­ing preg­nancy or the first few years of a child’s life, but are then rel­e­gated to the garage or spare room to gather dust,” says Claire Cob­bledick of Gumtree South Africa. The items that most of­ten lie dor­mant are car seats, car­ri­ers, baths, high chairs, baby clothes and toys that have been out­grown. Some par­ents are re­luc­tant to buy pre-owned baby and chil­dren’s goods due to a per­cep­tion that sec­ond-hand means lower qual­ity. But the survey re­sults sug­gest that many of these items are more likely to have been stored than used. A car seat costs up to R3 000 brand new, but you could find a per­fectly good one for R1 000 on Gumtree – a sig­nif­i­cant sav­ing on a must-have item. Top tip: be­fore pur­chas­ing your pre-owned car seat, dou­ble check the safety fea­tures and ask your seller if it’s ever been in an ac­ci­dent. A stroller could cost you be­tween R2 600 and R6 999, while the av­er­age sec­ond-hand price is around R1 400. A cot – which can cost up to R2 500 brand new, goes for around R1 500. Opt­ing for pre-owned over new on these three es­sen­tial items alone could save you as much as R6 000. It’s easy to save smart when you shop sec­ond-hand. With more than 15 000 “baby and kids” list­ings on Gumtree, you’re bound to find ev­ery­thing your lit­tle one needs, for less. Visit gumtree.co.za for more info and to get shop­ping!

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