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Decorating a nursery can be expensive – but here's how to create the perfect place for your little one on the cheap

DECORATING a nursery for your newborn can be expensive.

Parents fork out on average £853, a recent survey found.

But I loved Loose Women panellist and mum-of-three Stacey Solomon’s admission last week that she spent just £50 on son Rex’s nursery update.

If you want to create the perfect place for your little one, on the cheap, try these tips and deals . . . 

LIGHT UP: Get the rainbow light Stacey bought Rex, for £9.95 on eBay. Or choose a cute night light in the shape of a panda, llama or flamingo for just £3.49 from The Range.

SAVE: £6.46 on a night light if you buy from The Range

UPCYCLE: Instead of throwing away an old chest of drawers, sand it down and spruce it up with Wilko’s £4 varnish then add themed drawer knobs — Etsy has several bargain options including animal cartoon ones starting at just 99p each, so six would cost £8.93 (including £2.99 delivery).

It all works out much cheaper than buying a brand new chest of drawers from John Lewis, where they start at £100.

SAVE: £87 on a chest of drawers

STICK TO IT: Like the idea of a feature wall but want to be able to change it up in a few years? Wall stickers are the key. A pack of adhesive stars is £14 at Dunelm. Or cheaper still, a pack of stick-on gold-effect confetti dots is £8 and they look really pretty. Or hang up some bunting, from Amazon for £3.18.

SAVE: Save £6 on the wall stickers

GO MOBILE: I am a fan of the Woodland mobile, £14 at jojomamanbebe.co.uk and much cheaper than the £50 option at my1styears.com. Or another idea is turning your kids’ old jumpers or baby blankets into cushion covers — do not let those memories go to waste.

SAVE: £24 on a mobile

MAKE A WISH: If you create a baby wishlist on Amazon, you can share it with friends and family and make sure you get the things you want for your new arrival. But I really like the fact that if you spend £20 on products, you can claim a free Angelcare nappy disposal unit, worth £20.

SAVE: £20 if you were buying a nappy unit anyway

  • PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Shop and save

ORDER six packs of Bakers Whirlers Bacon & Cheese dog treats for £5.70, down from £8.34 at homebargains.co.uk.

SAVE: £2.34

Giselle's little helper

THE Government has extended its home-schooling laptop and tablet scheme, meaning more children will benefit from access to the free technology.

To find out whetheror not your youngsters qualify, go to gov.uk.

Deal of day

I AM obsessed with this pink organza dress new to Primark and just £15 – similar to the designer one worn by Villanelle in TV’s Killing Eve.

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Cheap treat

ELLA’S KITCHEN Big Kids Cod Fishies With Peas and Sweetcorn is on offer for £2, down from £3 at Tesco. Perfect for the kids’ dinner.

SAVE: £1

Hot right now

GET three selected Centrum vitamins for the price of two at superdrug.com.

Top swap

I LOVE the look of these Ray-Ban Aviator Gradient sunglasses, but they are £139 at ray-ban.com. So I was pleased to discover a similar Accessorize pair, on asos.com for £12.50.

SAVE: £126.50

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