Having kids is expensive. And I’m not even talking about educating them (and that’s huge). How about just setting up the baby furniture, getting some clothes, a load of nappies and toiletries? I mean, the baby hasn’t even arrived and just to be prepared, you have to really fork out. So how do you afford it? And once the child grows, they need more stuff! How do you deal with it?
One little secret is: Gumtree. You can find some serious bargains (if you are looking for goods) and also sell your old stuff.
I sold my wedding dress on Gumtree. So why not sell my baby stuff? I have also bought Nicky’s little couch for his room on Gumtree. I have gone ahead and listed three items on Gumtree.
This has a changing table at just the right height plus a baby bath.
2. Camp cot –
SOLD two days after placing the ad! R500 in my pocket.
3. Play pen
SOLD a day after placing the ad. R700.
This is awesome not only to play in but also works well as a sleeping spot and tent.
These are big ticket items but I’m selling them cheap. I am amazed that I sold two of them so soon. (Anyone want the compactum?)
So why buy second hand?
A car seat, which is a must-have, can cost you up to R3,000 brand new but only R1,000 second-hand. In SA, while laws are not as strict as in the US (you have to have a car seat when leaving the hospital), the Child Safe organisation continues to promote the importance of having the proper car seat through their buckle up campaign. And let’s not forget our own Mandy-Lee with #CarSeatFullStop.
A stroller could cost you between R2,600 and R6,999 – depending on what you’re looking for. While the average second-hand price is around R1,400, including all the extra bits and bobs. (By the way I have written a comprehensive post on buying strollers here).
And if you’re not co-sleeping, a cot – which averages around R1,500 second-hand – can cost up to R2,500 at retail.
Sounds like a no-brainer but I’d like to hear your experiences on Gumtree.
What was your biggest bargain you bought or sold?
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