I've received a gift card/voucher – what should I do with it? It's simple – spend it as quickly as possible! That way you won't be affected if the retailer does go bust, plus you minimise the risk of you losing it/shoving it somewhere safe and forgetting all about it until after the credit runs out. Remember, most gift cards and vouchers have expiry dates.
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This one requires a little more strategy. Sign up at The Honest Company for a free trial or two. (We recommend the latter to make the most of the $5.95 shipping cost.) You can opt into a diapers and wipes bundle as well as an essentials package, which contains lotions, surface cleaners and hand soap. Just make sure to cancel your membership within seven days, or else you’ll be charged for a monthly subscription.


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The Facebook page every breastfeeding mum needs. This group is an absolute game-changer. From wedding guest outfits to cosy pyjamas, the Can I Breastfeed In It? Facebook group is a wonderfully supportive community of women on a quest for high street buys that look great but are also easy to feed in. The best bit is members post photos of themselves in outfits, so you can see what the clothes look like on other mums. Also worth a look are its site and Instagram pages for more tips.
For professional help, health visitors are registered nurses or midwives who are trained to carry out home visits. In England, all expecting parents and families with children under five have a named NHS health visitor. Make sure you've got their contact details in case you need them – your GP or local Children's Centre will be able to put you in touch.

Check out these current high street bargains. If you do want to buy new items (which with a changing body shape can be nice – let's be honest), the Can I Breastfeed In It? group often features items on sale and cheap supermarket outfits. Current bargains include ribbed blouses from an eBay seller (£3.50 incl del), a ruffle dress from Boohoo (£13 plus £4 del) and a burgundy wrap top from Dorothy Perkins (£18 plus £4 del, limited stock). Also see the group's Hot Favourites List with anything that's perfect for nursing.
Free baby sleeping box in Scotland. All newborn babies in Scotland get a free baby box full of essentials. The box itself acts like a Moses basket that your wee one can sleep in (it comes complete with a mattress and bedding). Inside are clothes, a bath towel, muslin squares, a toy, a book and more. To sign up for your baby box, speak to your midwife – see full details.
We love everything Honest Co and that’s why their freebie box is so high up on our list, but there is one catch. You get this freebie bundle by signing up for a trial, here. You will sign up for this monthly subscription, but you HAVE to remember to cancel or you will be charged monthly. Call (888) 862-8818 to cancel your membership once you’ve ordered your free trial. Once you are signed up, you pay the shipping fee of and receive either diapers and wipes or an essentials bundle (shampoo, lotion, household cleaner, soap).
That's nice. A gift card makes a much nicer present than cold hard cash, doesn't it? Er, no, not really. You may not like giving cash as a Christmas present, but it's a much better way to give than purchasing a gift card. Cash is less risky, more flexible and guarantees the person you're giving to will be able to spend the amount you're giving – even if their favourite store goes under.

Love2shop Vouchers are the UK's leading multi-retailer gift voucher. They can be redeemed in over 20,000 stores, restaurants and attractions, with over 150 top brands to choose from such as Argos, Boots, Debenhams, Halfords, HMV, Iceland, Matalan, Mothercare, New Look, PizzaExpress, River Island and TK Maxx. New brands added in 2018 include Topshop, Topman, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Evans, Outfit and Wallis.
It has been argued that holiday giving destroys value due to mismatching gifts.[9] The most efficient way to keep value in gifting would be to give cash; however, this is socially acceptable only within limits. Gift cards, to a degree, may overcome this problem but have certain pitfalls. Some feel that the absence of the thought of selecting a specific gift makes a gift card a worse choice than a poorly executed but individual gift.[10] New products in the gift card industry are evolving to tackle this "impersonal" pitfall of gift cards. New services launched by some service providers allows for customization and personalization of gift cards.[11]
Not all gift cards are redeemed. The card may be lost; there may be time decay (expiration and fees) or complex rules of redemption; the recipient may not be interested in the store that accepts the card or be under the false assumption that not using it will save money for the giver. It has been estimated that perhaps 10% of cards are not redeemed, amounting to a gain for retailers of about $8 billion in the United States in 2006.[5]

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more money saving ideas, then head over to the saving my family money section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 50 money saving tips to help you save your family more. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family saving Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to stop spending and save more; Money Saving Tips for Families and Managing Money for Families

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