Becoming a parent is probably the most defining moment of a person’s life. It certainly was for me!
Pre-motherhood me and post-motherhood me are almost two completely different people.
Before I had kids I had infinite amounts of free time and much more disposable income – I mean what DID I do with it all? I look on in wonder at friends who don’t have kids and marvel at what they must do on weekends and how they must spend their extra cash? Actually don’t tell me, it might ruin the friendship! 😉
Fortunately there are glimmers of hope on the horizon as I head on in to parenting kids in the later years of childhood (my youngest is 7 already if you can believe it!! She was 1 when I started this blog) and suddenly you realise that it really goes by so quickly.
Evidence in point – what a difference 10 years makes!!!
Before you know it, they are independent beings heading out into the world on their own – doing things, making decisions, meeting friends, playing sport, living their very own life – some of which you will know nothing about (esp if you have a son, they don’t talk much!)
As kids get a bit older they start to develop their own friendships and they’re keen to spend more time with them than with you… and suddenly you find yourself with a free Saturday afternoon on your hands! (Yes, hang in there parents-in-the-trenches. It DOES get easier!)
Unfortunately what doesn’t get much easier is the financial strain of parenting… jeepers kids cost cash!
They didn’t tell me that upfront!
School fees, private extra-murals, dancing lessons, horse-riding, piano tuition, concert tickets, textbooks and stationary, swimming, gymnastics, drumming, school outings, ice-skating, concerts, surfing lessons, birthday parties and birthday gifts, clothing, shoes, food, lunch box snacks, doctors appointments, extra maths lessons, Clay Play, Playball, sports equipment, school uniform, mobile phones, holiday camps etc etc etc. The list just keeps on going. If I think about it, there’s probably not one day when I’m not being asked to fork out more money for something else!!! (I hope I’m not putting off any prospective parents now – they really ARE worth it. Promise!!)
Anyway, as fellow parents I’m sure you already know this, I’m not here to get all doom and gloom about how seriously expensive modern parenting is (I’m sure we do it to ourselves to some extent, right? Our grandparents, even our parents didn’t spend quite as much on their kids as us modern parents do!!) What I do know is that like all parents everywhere I want the very best for my child – and I’m prepared to do whatever it costs! Especially when it results in smiles like this…
While we all know how expensive parenting is… what we don’t all know is what can we DO about it??
Today I’m here to tell you one easy way to save some money when it comes to your kids PLUS an awesome new competition where you can Win a Bursary worth R20 000 to put towards your child’s education costs…
Littleworld is a FREE community for parents with kids under the age of 7 that is run exclusively by Woolworths.
As a Littleworld member, you automatically get all the WRewards benefits* PLUS the following extra ones…
- An exclusive Welcome Voucher to use towards your child’s first outfit
- A free spa voucher when you spend R450 or more in your first 3 months of joining
- Entry into the Littleworld monthly gift card competition
- A R50 Woolies voucher towards a birthday treat for your little one
- A monthly newsletter filled with tips and advice, and updates on Woolies fashion, food and events
- Special Woolies vouchers and savings for yourself and your kids
PLUS if you join before 9 March 2018 you stand a chance of winning a R20 000 bursary in their current ‘Win A Bursary’ competition.
If you have kids under the age of 7 years old you certainly don’t want to miss out on this opportunity so be sure to sign up for a chance to WIN… and to make the most of the Littleworld benefits while you still have kids of the appropriate age!
For the past few years I was a member of the Littleworld community. I can’t recall when I first signed up, but I think it was shortly after the birth of my first baby (now 11!). I remember that I was drawn to the fact that I could get a spa voucher and, at that time, I wasn’t writing this blog so those weren’t nearly as common as they are now. In fact, I still remember getting the phone call and choosing the spa to go to for an hour of Me Time. It made such an impact on me as a new mom to get a little bit of “time out”. Even simply arranging for someone to look after my baby was a big moment in stepping out again and putting my own needs first – an essential step in the process of becoming a mom. (Yes, it’s NB to put your baby’s needs first, but that shouldn’t be to the detriment of your own! You are important too, and you deserve a moment of Me Time every now and again.)
But that’s not the only benefit… over the years I’ve enjoyed the occasional vouchers to spend towards a new outfit for my kids. As a competition junkie I love knowing that I’m getting entered into the monthly lucky draw to win a R500 gift card!
And then, of course, there are the extra competitions like this one: A chance to Win a Bursary by just swiping your card at the till point every time you shop at Woolies. Yes please!
How to Enter
- Sign up online during the competition period to become a Littleworld member
- Swipe your Woolworths Card or MySchool card when purchasing at any Woolworths store or online during the competition period.
Yes, it really is as easy as that! But remember that every swipe counts as an entry so don’t forget to swipe as often as you shop!
For more info go to woolworths.co.za/littleworld
*Ts and Cs apply.