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The Resourceful Mum's Handbook: Bringing up a baby on a budget Paperback – 5 Mar 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224082655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224082655
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A indispensable creative and inspirational guide for all new parents who believe that bringing up a baby need not cost the earth.

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An indispensable money-saving guide for every young family

Cots and car seats, nappies and nurseries, babygros and booties... having a baby can be a costly business. In fact, according to a recent survey, the cost of raising a child is a staggering £186,000, pricier than buying a house.

But, having a baby need not mean financial ruin. Elen Lewis'sThe Resourceful Mum's Handbook provides timely practical and down-to-earth advice on what to buy and what not to buy, when it's worth splashing out on a cherished item and where you can cut corners and make savings - from pregnancy, through to birth and the newborn, and beyond.

Packed with inspiring and creative ideas for things to make at home, tried and tested family recipes and handy tips, as well as activities and outings for you and your baby that won't cost a penny, The Resourceful Mum's Handbook is a must-have for every young family.

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This is a really great read and wonderful reference guide for anyone, with a young family, who is watching the pennies. How I wish I'd had this to hand when I had my first baby. The baby industry is a booming business and the author really strips away all the gimmicks and offers a concise guide as to what the necessities are when having a baby. It's packed full of money-saving tips, including what to and what not to buy in terms of equipment. There are also loads of tasty recipes for quick meals and even household cleaning products. I also loved the bit about having a first birthday party on a budget. The book is divided into easy to refer to chapters and is interspersed with first-hand advice from mums who have the wonderful benefit of hindsight.
Several of the baby books I've read have been quite patronising. But I would say this hits the spot perfectly.
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this is exactly the type of book that needed to be written. the author gives great advice on what is needed and how to get it cheaply as well as what to avoid. the make yourself ideas are easy and quick - perfect for new mums! i only wish that i had seen this book before i had my little girl as the pregnancy bits are good too! will be buying a copy for the expectant mum that i know - would lend mine but will be getting used by me still!
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I borrowed this book from the library when I found out I was pregnant, then bought a 2nd hand copy off Amazon. I knew nothing at all about babies, having never planned on having one or having any friends with kids.

I'm very into making my own things anyway, so loved the projects in the book, and the advice is well-presented, and lots of reviews and advice are quoted from Mums' experience, not just one person's opinion.

Useful from pregnancy, through birth and beyond; I find it reassuring when worried about something - it's usually covered in this book!
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I bought this book for my daughter who has just found out she is pregnant for the first time.Having glanced through it I couldn't put it down until it was finished it was so interesting and honest. I thoroughly endorse the previous reviews wholeheartedly. It is a minefield for new parents out there in the marketplace for baby products and it is easy to get carried away with the "ahh factor" and ultimately the high costs involved. The advice contained is an independent prospective from people that have been there other than possible constant advice from close family which can get tedious a times! (Personal experience!) My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the book with all its variety of chapters. Highly recommended.
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We were tipped off about this book by one of our NCT classes, and we have already found it to be excellent. The tips on the "Essentials" are invaluable and it has meant that we haven't gone mad on items that we probably won't get the most use out of. Having soundbites from other mums about what they found useful works really well and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make sure that they have a happy, healthy baby but without breaking the bank! This is our new Baby Bible!
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Arrived on time and in good condition. A must read for ALL new mums especially those on a budget. A very helpful guide to help u focus and plan for your arrival regarding what u need and could do without. I used each chapter heading and made a list based on these of what I needed to get before my daughters birth. Helped provided focus when it feels like your facing a vortex of the unknown. This book was recommended to me, I would recommend this book and have since bought it for other mums to be.
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every mum should have a copy of this. From what to do to keep them amused to what you really need to buy. Hours of research taken care of and cost effective alternatives. Cannot recommend this book enough
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I never seem to get round to writing reviews but as a new mum my spending has gone through the roof & I feel that as I am guided by others who write reviews which are great for highchairs & car seats etc, I should try to offer one myself. I felt really motivated by this book. There is absolutely nothing you cannot get for free from websites like bounty or baby world; the leaflets and stuff you get from hospital, free boots magazines etc and the pregnancy books you have already bought (I bought too many to shamefully mention!!)Dont get me wrong - there are opinions here but you might aswell spend the money on a coffee and meet other mums who will at least not be trying to flog you anything and you may make great friends. I think the book might actually tell you to do this - oh I am a plonker - I bought a book to tell me not to buy a book but to ask friends instead!! You may well save a few quid by painting on your babygrows rather than buying patterned; learning to knit then knitting baby blankets, using leftover knit bits to make pram toys, making an all bran 1st birthday cake (yum) and making, including stitching on velcro, your own bibs & clothes (dont forget aprons & sun hats for the little girls!), door stops and PADDED COAT HANGERS?!?!? but I ask you - if you werent into this before baby why and HOW are you able to start now!?! However I am at risk of sounding as presumptious as the author who determines a sling as absoulutely essential and a pram as a luxury. I wish she tell my baby & her 7 baby friends. My baby hates her sling, most end up too heavy for mums and anyway what kind of person tells you that you might not need a pram???? Thats just wrong, you'd go nuts in the first week I'l tell you that for nowt.Read more ›
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