‘I’ve saved £26k buying everything for my kids second hand

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Helen Llyford-Smith scours resell websites and car boots for cheap clothes, toys and furniture for her children

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A savvy mum has saved around £26,000 by only buying second-hand items for her kids, she says. Helen Llyford-Smith says she’s only spent a total of £4,000 on everything for her three children, from furniture to reusable cloth nappies.

READ MORE: Woman refurnishes entire house for a bargain price using only 'underrated' social media marketplaceIt doesn’t just stop with the kids’ items as she also sources most of her and Richard’s clothes secondhand too. Helen, a circus performer turned writer, from Barnstaple, Devon, said: "I've always loved second-hand, and I knew that wouldn't change when I became a mum.

"It's good for the environment and the bank account, so what's not to love? And with the cost-of-living being what it is, I'm all about making every pound stretch." "All the furniture in our house is second-hand - his beloved surfboard is even second-hand - costing £300. These days Richard gets just as excited as me."

When the couple welcomed their twin girls on August 9, Helen turned to her trusty skills and recycled Issac's items - using the cot, pram, linens and baby carriers again with their daughters. She said: "With the cost-of-living being through the roof, second-hand shopping is really having its moment and I'm glad.

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