Boy Holding Money

Children’s toys, furniture and clothing seem to come from a never-ending conveyor belt of better and more up-to-date things. You can never afford to get all of the things you want for your child, and money is often tight with all the expenses that come with being a parent. But sometimes you want to splurge on the smartest, most eco-friendly items out there, and who could blame you?

So what’s a parent to do?

Well, we’ve all heard advice about tapping into local email lists for parents and asking friends for their hand-me-downs, but have you really used these resources to their full advantage? Parents whose kids have outgrown their belongings can be surprisingly generous. And sometimes the items they have can be exactly what you’re looking for. Since it doesn’t take a child very long to outgrow their belongings, some of the items may even be quite new.

But even after you’ve exhausted all the resources you can think of, there will always be things you want but haven’t found. At this point it can be useful to distinguish between the new trends that have little value and those that offer genuine benefits to your child. This will help you prioritize your wish list and avoid investing in items that aren’t worth it.

When you identify the items that are worth your investment, you can always turn to budgeting to help you afford them. Budgeting has a negative connotation as being limiting and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be hard and it can actually be freeing if it allows you to afford important things you couldn’t have before. Just take a look at your expenses and identify areas where you can easily cut back, and then save that money.

When you’re able to save up enough to afford something nice, the small sacrifices you made to get there don’t seem like such a big deal after all.

Annie Idea is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for the short term loans company, QuickQuid, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.

Skagerak Kids Table & Bench

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Skagerak Denmark has inspired such Danish artists to create some of the greatest works in Danish history. The Drachmann range Skagerak Kids Table & Bench has the characteristic cross in the back and the simple, honest construction acts as today’s icon for modern design based on the tradition and aesthetics of the past. This children’s size table matches the rest of the Drachmann Collection and is perfect for the little ones in your family.

ecotots sideboard storage unit in leaf green

Made from just six pieces of formaldehyde-free, FSC Certified, environmentally-friendly real wood and featuring a durable, 100% non-toxic water-based finish, the ecotots Sideboard Storage Unit in Leaf Green assembles in minutes with a no tools assembly method. Check this out: there’s more than enough storage room for any room in the house: playroom, family room, mudroom or bedroom. You can use it as a TV stand, video gaming center, entry bench or even a foot locker. Plus! anti-pinch sliding doors keep little fingers safe from harms way. Enjoy years of use with a lifetime construction guarantee. Kids and Baby Design Ideas give the ecotots Sideboard Storage Unit in Leaf Green product two thumbs way up !

LittleMissMatched TV Stand

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For the child that loves to draw on everything in sight comes a product that’s sure to delight both kids and parents. The LittleMissMatched TV stand is an innovative product that takes a normal everyday piece of furniture and turns it into a blank canvas of artistic expression! The TV stand is finished on all surfaces with glossy white dry-erase material so your child and draw on it over and over again!

For even more customization, each door has a circle opening that serves as a handle and a space to place any of the 6 included colored panels. Your child can mix and match colors and shapes and create a new looking TV stand everyday. There are even 2 clear panels so you can slide your own photos or drawings in! And the features don’t stop there. The LittleMissMatched TV Stand also has a removeable fabric cushion that transforms this TV stand into a cute and cuddly storage bench! Filled with charm and personality this TV stand takes creative expression to a whole new level.

Please Note: Use only dry-erase board pens and accessories. Never use permanent markers or other writing tools, as these will damage the surfaces.

Kids Vanity Table Set

kids vanity table set

Your daughter will love sitting in front of this beautiful and charming off-white Kids Vanity Table Set. The three piece vanity set includes table, mirror and bench. It also includes an adjustable mirror and full size drawer. The vanity table provides space for cosmetics and beauty supplies. The bench is covered in a feminine light purple / pinkish fabric, which compliments the off-white Vanity perfectly.

Kids Pink Leather Bed

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Get a modern and chic look with this Kids Leather Bed in soft pink. This beautiful bed is constructed from durable, kiln – dried hardwoods and covered in a tufted, soft, 100% genuine leather to make it comfortable and stylish. Your child will feel pretty in pink with the fun and charming Kids Leather Bed! Bed available in Twin and Full size.

Children’s Desk in White Eggshell

childrens desk in white eggshell

Constructed from poplar solids and birch veneers, the Children’s Desk in White Eggshell creates the perfect work space for your child. Detailed with floral hand paintings in pink and green, and with a white eggshell finish, this desk’s tasteful design will nicely accent your child’s room. The Children’s Desk in White Eggshell features roomy drawers, ample shelving and a keyboard tray. A locking mechanism on the keyboard tray maintains a closed position when it’s not in use.