Families seek out charity shop treasures

It appears thrifty parents may be saving their pennies by heading to the local charity shop in search of those hidden treasures.

In an interesting article appearing in the Daily Telegraph it’s been revealed that with budgets squeezed for many, a quarter of families may now be turning to charity shops for items such as clothing and toys.

The story centres on a recent survey of parents, which has shown one in five are buying birthday gifts for other children from charity, while nearly a quarter plan to buy their Christmas gifts from a charity shop this year.

While it may not be every family’s cup of tea, giving a new home to a pre-loved or unwanted item can be an affordable way to find a bargain, while at the same time giving money to a good cause.

As the cost of living continues to rise, putting increasing pressure on family budgets, cutting costs in innovative ways such as this will no doubt remain a top priority for many parents.

Indeed, we hear from parents who are being affected by escalating costs and for whom the savings they receive through their childcare vouchers are vital.

Whether putting them towards the cost of nursery care, breakfast and after school clubs, au pairs or any other kind of registered childcare, the savings can prove essential for families.

We think this story may hit a nerve with many parents and so we’d love to hear your thoughts on it. If you have any other great cost-saving tips or ideas of your own, then we’d also love to hear them.

You can also check you’re getting the most from your childcare vouchers, the savings they can bring and more details about what they can be used for on our website.