BECOMING a mum is such a special time but it is neither easy nor cheap.
Some new mothers wait up to 12 weeks for maternity-allowance payments, owing to a backlog, it was reported this week.
If you are affected or expecting and on a budget, I have great ways to help you save.
SLEEP EASY: Get set for your new arrival with a free MAM Newborn Baby Box featuring a bottle, soother, teething massaging brush and breast pads. The pack is normally £16.99 but is FREE with a £20 spend on eligible baby store products at Amazon.co.uk. In Scotland, expectant mums can sign up for a FREE baby sleeping box — which acts as a moses basket for little ones — by speaking to their midwife. It contains bedding, a book, towel and other necessities.
CLUB TOGETHER:Join Netmums’ new baby group and get FREE Aldi Mamia wipes, worth 49p, and two newborn nappies. Sign up for the mum-to-be pack at bounty.com for freebies to help you get all set. You can also get a pack for newborns once your bundle of joy arrives. At emmasdiary.co.uk, there are packs full of information and freebies for all the key stages of starting a family. Sign up at mumandbabyonline.co.uk, where you can register for samples from top baby brands.
START RIGHT: Some mums are eligible for the NHS Healthy Start scheme, a government initiative offering free weekly vouchers to spend on milk, fruit and vegetables, as well as formula milk and vitamins. If you are on benefits and pregnant or have children aged under four, or are pregnant and under 18, you could qualify. See healthystart.nhs.uk.
A MUST FOR MUMS: You can get vouchers worth £100 by signing up to Mothercare’s baby club. Membership is free and can get you 20 per cent off maternity clothes and early access to sales. You will also be offered 20 per cent off toys on your child’s birthday — and you might even be sent products to test.
Deal of the day
TAKE a trip to Bon Marche this weekend for the sale. This animal-print dress is reduced from £45 to £20.
DINNER is sorted! Nab a two-pack of Chicago Town Deep Dish Four Cheese pizzas for £1 at Morrisons, usually £2. Hurry – offer ends tomorrow.
My Sun Savers fiver
CLIVE WHITBY from Basingstoke, Hants, says: “I’m saving my Sun Savers fivers to buy my wife a nice, warm pair of boots for the winter.”
- Send Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Include your name and town.
HIT the nail on the head at Wickes where this hammer is just £3.95. B&Q’s equivalent will cost you £9.97.
Reader’s saving tip
JEAN LLOYD, from Oldham, says: “Store a few apples in with your potatoes. Apples give off ethylene, which stops spuds going soft and sprouting before you have had a chance to use them.”
- Send your tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published. Please include your name and town.
Shop & save
ASDA is the place to go for Halloween treats. Get two packs of Swizzels Scary Mix for £3. Usually £2 each.
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AT Headmasters, recommend a friend and get £20 off your next cut.
Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle
JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.
Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £50k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.
To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.
Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £50k Raffle.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.
Fancy a free fiver?
YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.
Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.
Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have collected 28.
This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.
For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.
We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.
Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.
To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.
With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.
TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.
Win a Vauxhall Vivaro worth over £28k
DRIVE off with a brand-new Vauxhall Vivaro van worth more than £28,000 in our latest Sun Savers competition.
Everyone knows van drivers carry British business. That is why we have teamed up with Vauxhall to offer one lucky driver a brand-new set of wheels.
You will get the keys to a Vauxhall Vivaro Panel Van L1 2.7T 1.5 100PS Turbo Diesel in jade white.
The new Vauxhall Vivaro is built for business, offering an exceptional payload, flexible loadspace and car-like handling, all on a compact footprint.
Powered by a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine, it delivers class-leading fuel economy, more practicality and choice.
This medium-sized van is the ultimate all-rounder for getting the job done.
The twin sliding side doors make for easy loading. Plus it includes a host of features including cruise control, hill-start assist, driver and passenger airbags and Bluetooth connectivity.
To cap it all off, the Vauxhall Vivaro is proudly built in Britain, guaranteeing a level of durability, practicality and comfort you will struggle to find anywhere else.
To enter this great giveaway, simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.
If you already have the Sun Savers app make sure you have updated to the latest version via the App Store or Google Play so you can enter this great competition.
Then head to the “Win a Vauxhall Vivaro” page found in the “Offers” section and click “Start Collecting”.
Collect TEN Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed daily in The Sun between Saturday, October 19, and Tuesday, November 5. You can find today’s Sun Savers code on Page 20.
Enter or scan your TEN codes on the app or website to enter. Just be sure to enter before midnight on Monday, November 11, when the competition closes.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Sign up today. It takes a few minutes to register, entering just your name, date of birth and email address to get started.
Sun Savers is our fantastic rewards club which gives all readers the chance to take advantage of FREE cash, treats and prizes.
That is right — you can get free cash simply for picking up your favourite newspaper.
For every 28 Sun Savers codes you collect and enter, we will give you a fiver to spend however you like.
You will also get big discounts on holidays, cinema tickets, goodies for the family and much more.
And don’t forget you will get access to huge competitions for prizes such as caravans, mortgages and cold, hard cash.
There are loads of chances to win big with Sun Savers.
- PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.