As any parent knows, having kids is expensive.
A great deal of our resources are put in to keeping our kids clothed, fed and entertained.
Over the years I’ve compiled a list of different merchants that I’ve purchased from for exactly these purposes with the added objective of getting the most value out of every dollar.
From consumables to toys I’ve spent many hours shopping around for bargain baby and kid gear and have listed below some of my favourites.
House of Nappies (nappies and toiletries) – www.houseofnappies.com.au
Having a child with special needs means that toilet training can be a much longer and more stressful process and over time the cost of nappies adds up significantly.
House of Nappies is based in Queensland, Australia and have a convenient online store to purchase a large range of different nappy products including disposable nappies, ecofriendly nappies, nappy pants, terry cloth nappies, incontinence products, wipes and other toiletries.
They stock quite a few different brands including Huggies, Pampers and their own brand called Snookums.
The thing that I love most is the delivery service. House of Nappies offers delivery Australia wide and delivery is free for orders over $100 in metro areas*.
Orders are dispatched quickly and are delivered by courier depending on your location.
In my experience, orders reach me in Sydney in just 1 – 2 days after I submit them by email.
This is phenomenal considering that they are being dispatched from interstate.
For those purchasing supplies using NDIS funding, orders are currently placed by email to House of Nappies and dispatch follows very soon after.
The prices for brand name nappies appear comparable with supermarkets and other nappy merchants however, being a registered NDIS service provider means that those of us whose children are registered under the scheme have a quick and convenient way of obtaining essential supplies in bulk.**
It’s a convenience most welcome when coping with the challenges of raising children with additional needs.
I have become a regular House of Nappies customer since discovering them and have been very pleased with their service.
While I hope that someday soon my son will be beyond the need for nappies, I’m glad to have this reliable merchant to get supplies from until that day comes.
Online Workwear (school wear) – www.onlineworkwear.com.au
I found over winter this year that my daughter’s school jacket wasn’t up to the challenge of keeping her warm during the blustery winter days.
The annoying thing about trying to buy winter uniform items in the middle of the season is that often the items you need are out of stock.
After not being able to find a warm winter jacket in the correct “royal blue” colour or the right size from Target, Kmart, Best & Less or Big W I came across Online Workwear, an online clothing merchant specialising in workwear, corporate attire, hospitality apparel and kids wear in common school uniform styles and colours.
Not only was I able to buy a polar fleece jacket that held up to the cold winter winds in the right colour and size but at $25 plus $12.50 flat rate shipping it hardly broke the bank.
Fortunately, our school’s uniform policy allows for these kinds of substitutions to their regular uniform and my daughter’s new jacket has been a regular part of her school wardrobe ever since.
Online Workwear also offer an embroidery service and an additional cost. See the website for details.
Baby Online NZ (baby gear) – www.babyonline.co.nz
I was visiting Auckland with my husband and new baby and being a new mum forgot to pack some important baby gear for our trip like a lightweight stroller, car seat and a bottle warmer.
Also, my sister was pregnant and expecting her first child at the time so I was also on the lookout for some baby gear to give her as gifts.
Baby Online was a lifesaver for a new mum desperately looking for affordable baby gear.
Baby Online have a convenient online store which offers a large variety of baby gear including nappies, car seats, strollers, toiletries, nursery furniture and toys.
Their prices for baby gear so competitive, I’ve struggled to find an Australian merchant with prices as good as theirs.
The cot and car seat products have approved safety ratings appropriate for New Zealand standards#.
Baby Online is not only an online merchant but also have physical stores across Auckland, Christchurch and some independent agencies across New Zealand.
I remember placing an order online and picking up my order the next day from their Mt Wellington location. On Great North Road in New Lynn, Baby Online is represented as Nappies for Less.
Altogether I’ve purchased a stroller, portacot, 2 x infant car seats, a bottle warmer, bottles and baby gifts from Baby Online and didn’t end up spending a fortune.
All the products were in excellent condition when I got them and my stroller, portacot and car seats lasted the use of many other children after my own.
I would happily recommend Baby Online for the next time you’re in the market for affordable baby gear in New Zealand.
T & T Childrenswear (children’s clothing) – www.tandt.co.nz
T & T Childrenswear have been a New Zealand children’s clothing institution for as long as I can remember.
My own mother bought clothes for me and my siblings here when we were kids and it has always been a great place to find affordable, good quality clothing for your little ones.
The clothing range is aimed at children from infants to age 10.
If your kids are like mine and tear holes in their clothes quite regularly through play, then spending $100’s on fashionable brand name clothing seems like a tough pill to swallow.
My kids also grow so fast so nothing lasts very long and most of it ends up in the goodwill pile by the end of the season.
Sometimes I get my mum to purchase winter clothes for my kids on my behalf and send them to me in Sydney.
Being made for New Zealand conditions means that winter shirts, pants and jackets are made for cold conditions and I find they do a better job keeping my kids warm than what is often available here.
T&T Childrenswear now offer an online store to purchase their clothing from which is something I have yet to try.
When I last bought from T&T they only sold clothes in their physical stores and I’m looking forward to purchasing a few pieces for my nieces as gifts this coming summer.
T&T Childrenswear offer delivery NZ wide with flat rate NZ$6 shipping for orders up to NZ$60.00 and free shipping from NZ$60.00 onwards.*
Shop and Save Online (grocery) – www.shopandsaveonline.com.au
It’s worth taking a look because the stock on offer is much cheaper than would be available in supermarket stores.
Their stock items seem to change regularly so it’s a good idea to check back often to see what they have on offer.
I started using Shop and Save Online as a means of buying baby bath gel in bulk quantities. I was saving approx. $2.00 a bottle compared with the major supermarket chains and with young kids I was going through a lot of it. It saved me a lot of money over time when combined with savings made on baby wipes, laundry liquid, toilet paper and coffee.
Shop and Save Online also offer a limited range of children’s toys, clothing, craft and stationery supplies.
Interestingly, you can also buy designer fragrances here which includes the luxury brands like Estee Lauder, Lancome, Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein.
This merchant is based in Sydney and delivery in my experience (being in Sydney) has always been really fast. I usually get my orders in the next day or two after ordering.
Delivery cost and times will be dependent on your location but according to their website, delivery is available Australia wide and in certain overseas countries too. *
To clarify costs and delivery times for any location outside NSW it is advised to proceed to the checkout page to calculate a quote or contact the merchant directly.
Ed Resources (educational resources) – www.edresources.com.au
I actually came across Ed Resources when I was looking for some toy cars for my son.
They have a varied range of vehicle toys including wooden, diecast and plastic along with different types of equipment and resources for improving developmental skills, expressing imagination, creativity and sensory play.
I’ve had to use a great number of additional resources to teach my son to communicate and help him develop his motor skills, problem solving and imaginative play.
Ed Resources offers some fantastic items for these purposes including art supplies, toys, costumes, charts, classroom furniture, flash cards, sensory equipment, board game accessories (dice, counters etc), climbing equipment and science experiment kits.
Delivery is available Australia-wide and has a flat rate shipping fee.*
This is a really good place to shop for school holiday activity ideas as well. My daughter loves art and craft and there are some fantastic craft kits and art supplies available at very affordable prices.
Kmart (department store goods) – www.kmart.com.au
The range of available items for whatever your needs may be is outstanding and the prices are probably second to none.
I saw a meme which once said “One does not simply purchase one thing at Kmart”. Truer words were never spoken.
Whether it’s clothing, toys, school gear, art and crafts, baby gear or bedding Kmart has everything you need for your kids at amazing low prices – which means more in your shopping cart.
Kmart has an online store which means going overboard on the Kmart gear could not get any easier.
School holidays are coming up and I know I’ll be stopping by at some of these merchants to stock up and prepare.
Anything to keep my kids entertained and help me keep it together with the two of them underfoot all day.
In general, these vendors have helped me keep to a reasonable household budget whilst still being able to give my kids the essentials, keep them comfortable and entertained.
For examples of some of my favourite kid products to try and kid related activities please visit my Pinterest Page for details.
- Lady V