What I love about living in the UK (being a mum on a budget)



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Budgeting mum in UK

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As a family we often consider how lovely it would be to live abroad in the sunshine. But being a mum on a budget in the UK does have MASSIVE advantages. Here are my top loves about baby budgeting in the UK…


  • The NHS saved both my children’s life, and took very. very good intensive care of them without me ever having to worry about health insurance.)


  • The NHS bought me together with other mums top learn about having a bay, to do baby massage and baby yoga and to weight my kids and guide my parenting over those scary first few years.


  • My son is being supported with speech and my daughter with scar healing on the NHS and it’s free. Wow. They get their teeth and eyes checked regularly. No need to get extra eye or dental health insurance and we get free immunisations.


  • We have libraries filled to the brim with books, DVDs and cds for us to simply borrow; there are singalongs for under fives and story time. Amazing resources available to all and free to use.


  • We get allowances when we have children that help us stay home with them, the government give us savings to start them off, child benefit throughout their childhood.


  • We get schooling that is amazing available to everyone and free day after day that teaches our children and provides them with opportunities.


  • We have beautiful, council maintained parks where our children can feed the ducks and play for many hours of their childhood climbing, swinging, digging in the sand making friends and where we can sit and chat and watch in wonder. 


  • Our canals are fab and our kids can feed the ducks and check out nature often in the midst of a town.


  • We have country parks and free museums open to educate and entertain out kids


  • We have public transport systems that are great fun (top of the bus anyone?) and can get you around and usually free for a little one.


  • We have lovely leisure centres and often free swimming for under fives and in some places under 16’s.


  • We have car boot sales….everywhere!

 I know there are problems and things us mums/dads need more of particularly when we are skint but there is so much good stuff too. What else can you think of.?

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20 Comments

  1. April 30, 2010 / 7:43 am

    Its true if you look you can find things to do on little or no budget in the UK (or anywhere in the world for that matter) but we really are lucky living in the UK. We do all tend to moan a bit, but really we should stop and smell the roses about living in the UK a little more often.

  2. April 30, 2010 / 7:47 am

    Clearly you’ve never frequented parks in Elephant & Castle!
    But you’re right – we do seem to get a lot out of this country.

  3. Kath
    April 30, 2010 / 9:19 am

    This is really inspiring – other countries are amazed by what we get for free!

    I don’t know about other areas but we have One O’ Clock Clubs in local parks which are free for kids with art and crafts and a safe play area – also I get choked with emotion whenever I get given a free Bookstart pack of books for my kids!

    If you do a little research there are so many activities and clubs for little ones which are free or quite cheap, just get there early!

  4. April 30, 2010 / 10:57 am

    It’s great to read all the positives about the UK. So often all you hear is criticism, but we really are very lucky to be here.

    Since I first got pregnant there have been times when I almost had a seat with my name on in our Doctor’s waiting room – I was in there a few time a week at one stage! I don’t know what we would have done had it not been for the NHS. And I’m still stunned that Sure Start is free.

  5. April 30, 2010 / 11:32 am

    Such great reasons for why I’m glad to live in England , The NHS treatment we receive is great! I’ve received both glasses and dental treatment from my maternity nhs card. I would of never been able to afford them along side the cost of a baby! 🙂

  6. April 30, 2010 / 2:57 pm

    It is good to hear the positives about the UK. You appreciate them more also when you’re overseas.

  7. julie creegan-bell (julesey10)
    April 30, 2010 / 4:04 pm

    we certainly are very lucky in this country with alot especially our NHS. For all we complain it is second to none.
    If we could just get a bit more sunshine and a better goverment it’d be perfect.
    Loved this post.

  8. Whimsical Wife
    April 30, 2010 / 5:32 pm

    Oh what a great round up of things to love about Britain! It’s brilliant to see some positives!!!

  9. April 30, 2010 / 9:23 pm

    Made me feel happy to acknowledge the good stuff!

  10. Jen
    May 1, 2010 / 12:08 am

    You are always so brilliantly positive and warm, Becky. That’s why we love you so here at Gmc.

  11. Tawny
    May 11, 2010 / 12:08 pm

    What brilliant positive post. For me I would add the volunteer youth leaders too. I run Guides and my girls’ parents often say what good value it is and how much the girls learn and enjoy.

  12. May 11, 2010 / 12:56 pm

    I used to be a tawny owl too many moons ago. I agree brilliant youth groups!

  13. January 27, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    Gosh, I never knew this about your children! So pleased to hear that they are well. It must have been a very distressing time!

    Lovely to hear about “The good things in Britain”

    Maggy x

  14. January 27, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    Maggie it was awful but with lots of support we got there. Thank you fo rcommenting

  15. Jade
    January 31, 2011 / 8:11 pm

    Becky

    You are so right. There really is a lot of advantages to living in the UK. I suppose we should be thankful for the great things we have.

  16. February 1, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    I popped over from the BMB carnival – This is such a positive and upbeat post – thank you for sharing! It’s very easy for us all to complain about what isn’t right, but life’s too short and when we look at the abundances we have, it’s much easier to live with an attitude of gratitude. We’re BIG into our libraries; apparently my bookworm daughter read 500 books last year – imagine if we’d had to have bought them all

  17. February 1, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    Love this post brimming with positives about Britain, Becky.

    We are indeed lucky to have all the basic comforts and most importantly health service.
    If we compare the lives of our children to those living in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Zimbabwe and so on – I can’t even imagine the hardships and the violence those children face.

    Having worked and lived in India and Zambia for many years, basic clean water is not available there (especially to the poor) that we so take for granted.

  18. February 1, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    My goodness me that would have been expensive. Thanks for popping over!

  19. February 1, 2011 / 5:44 pm

    I totally agree, I work for the NHS and altho it gets slated a lot in the media I think it’s an amazing thing to be proud of. I especially liked the mention of canals, we live aboard a narrowboat in London. The London Canal Museum in Kings Cross is free to visit and very interesting. 🙂

  20. February 3, 2011 / 11:20 am

    This is such a lovely post Becky, I agree with everything you have mentioned, we get such good value out of the NHS, libraries, local facilities and car boot sales are my favourite!!

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