As some of you know, MilkChic is funded by sales commission. When you click through to buy a product online, I receive a percentage of the sale as commission. The income doesn’t justify the hours, but it helps.
My priority is to find great breastfeeding friendly clothes, so I use a mixture of paid and non-paid links. Products are listed on their own merit and I won’t list something that doesn’t work for the sake of short-term income. Equally, I won’t ignore something great, just because it isn’t profitable. My only criteria is that it must be available online.
Having said that, I’m very aware that the best products aren’t always available online. Here are my favourite bargain products in bricks and mortar stores, promoted here on a strictly non-profit basis:
- Sleeved bibs – £1, Poundland. These are cheap, wash and tumble dry brilliantly and, in my experience, are softer and more comfortable than any of the options sold by the major high street brands. The sizing is good and, while they aren’t as pretty (towelling with a yellow edge and printed design), they are a great basic.
- Toujours Nappies & Wipes – Lidl. The nappies have won various trials including, I think, a Good Housekeeping award and stand up well to most branded options. The sensitive wipes are excellent and cheaper than other own brands. Amazon Subscribe & Save is cheaper if buying in bulk, but if you don’t want to, these are brilliant.
- Cien sun cream – from £1.50, Lidl. Not available all year round, but I highly recommend this, particularly the kids SPF50. My daughter’s sensitive skin was fine, it applies well and lasts in water. The cost is fantastic compared to most other brands.
- Girls tights – £3.50 for 3 pairs, Primark. Less than half the price of most other retailers and lovely designs. Buy in the Spring sale and you often get 3 pairs for £1!
- Toy tea set – £1, Poundland. Not all of the toys in discount stores are worth the money, and I would usually recommend charity shops for true bargains, but the little netted turquoise & purple tea sets at Poundland are an exception. My daughter’s has been used every day for the last 6 months, is in excellent condition, and is just as good quality as her lovely Chad Valley teapot set (and its equivalent at M&S!). The set comes on a little “tea tray”, which is very useful for limiting the mess in pouring games.
- Miniature magic drawing board – £1, Poundland. The stylus needs to be attached to the board yourself, but for the hassle of tying a knot, it is a great buy. It fits in the pocket of the baby bag or attaches to her car seat, making long journeys bearable. Obviously with younger children, keep string short and supervise.
- Kids metal cutlery – £1, Poundland. Reasonable quality and a great size for little hands. Looks very grown up for independent toddlers!
- Plastic plates, bowls & tumblers – £1 for 4 pieces, Poundland. Lovely colours and, unlike most of the ones I’ve seen elsewhere, these don’t have a rim underneath so they actually stick to those useful suckered rubber placemats!
- Freecycle, freecycle, freecycle! If you haven’t already, join your local Freecycle group. People give away things you wouldn’t believe for free and you can save a fortune on toys etc. Even if you’re not comfortable with second-hand, many people overbuy on smaller nappy sizes etc. and then give away the unused packs. It’s great for a feel-good, no-effort clear out of things that aren’t worth selling on Ebay.
I would love to hear your tips for bargain products that are worth leaving the house for. Please post your comments below!