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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

Tax Credits. Nine out of 10 families with children are entitled to tax credits, according to HMRC, but around 1.4 million fail to claim each year. The rules are complex, but to sum up, there are two types: Working Tax Credit (worth up to £1,960, plus £2,010 a year to couples and lone parents) and the Child Tax Credit. The Child Tax Credit Rules changed in 2017 and up to £2,078 for your first two children. You'll only get benefit for more children if exceptions apply. You'll only be eligible for the additional £545 family credit if one of your children was born before 6 April 2017. Check whether you qualify.

Tax Credits. Nine out of 10 families with children are entitled to tax credits, according to HMRC, but around 1.4 million fail to claim each year. The rules are complex, but to sum up, there are two types: Working Tax Credit (worth up to £1,960, plus £2,010 a year to couples and lone parents) and the Child Tax Credit. The Child Tax Credit Rules changed in 2017 and up to £2,078 for your first two children. You'll only get benefit for more children if exceptions apply. You'll only be eligible for the additional £545 family credit if one of your children was born before 6 April 2017. Check whether you qualify.
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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.


If you are pregnant or a new parent, the Internet is the best place to find baby freebies. Free toys, nappies, baby hampers and starter packs are all available online. It seems many of the top baby brands are offering free stuff. This is great for you, the consumer. Request some baby samples and you will often get money-off vouchers as well. These are redeemable in UK stores for discounts. If you are aware of any other free baby stuff that we should include, please get in touch.
You can feed in almost anything in your wardrobe... apart from dresses with no buttons or zips on the front. It's not just about nursing tops and dresses. Go through your closet and hunt out anything that gives your baby easy access: tops and dresses with buttons, zips or wrap fronts. Keep an eye out for dungarees or off-the-shoulder 'Bardot' necklines. You can even feed through the armholes of some tops if they're large enough.
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