When we found out my wife was pregnant, we decided that she would give up work for a while and become a stay-at-home mum. While we could afford to do this, it did mean that we had to keep a close eye on our spending. Our first job was to furnish our baby’s room on a budget. Luckily, we have a few friends who’ve done the same thing and they were an invaluable source of tips and advice. For example, we learned when it’s safe to buy furniture second-hand and when you really need to buy new; we also got some tips on renovating furniture and sourcing stuff for the room more cheaply. This saved us a bundle of cash and I thought other parents might find this kind of information useful.