Having a baby is... expensive.
I mean, not the pushing part, if you do it through the public system in Australia, it’s basically free. But the sheer amount of STUFF such a teeny human requires in that first year is wild. And maybe need is a strong word, your baby probably doesn’t need some things, but we (the parents) do, in order to make our lives that little bit easier.
Like this one, hear me out. One of the first things you can do is make sure you’re signed up to Everyday Extra from Everyday Rewards, because the benefits and subsequent savings will make a MASSIVE difference over that first year, which is well worth the annual plan. 😉
There are plenty of benefits, like getting 2x Everyday Rewards points on every shop at Woolworths and BIG W, in-store and online (which means you get $10 off your shops in half the time). Plus, you get 10 per cent off every month on one shop at both Woolworths AND BIG W, in-store or online. That is HUGE with these sorts of shops you probably spend hundreds (or thousands) in per year!
So my first tip for new parents is to do one big online Woolworths order a month, use your 10 per cent off and then just buy fresh food and things as you need throughout, making sure you link that card so you get 2x the points. This is the shop where you’ll include nappies, wipes, formula, etc – it all adds up, so trust me when I tell you that the $70 annual fee (currently only $35) will be well worth it.
On average, babies go through 2,500 nappies and 10,000 wipes in that first year. If I average out the cost of these items (depending on brand/sales, etc), that’s about $1,500 per year on them. If you ONLY used your 10 per cent discount on this alone (I'm looking at you, bulk size nappies at BIG W!!), you’d still have saved way more than you spent on the subscription. THANK ME LATER.