Today Piglet and I decided to brave a trip to Westfield.
Well, I decided to brave it. Piglet didn't have much choice. I'm sure that had he been given a choice, he would have chosen not to be whizzed around in the pram looking for the family room (where there were apparently some fabled pods specifically for breastfeeding-no need to fumble around in Costa Coffee hiding an angry Piglet under a specially designed apron trying to avoid revealing one's nipples to the whole of London), whilst screaming blue murder. Once we got there, Mummy managed to successfully spill coffee all over the bouncy seating, and then had to change Piglet twice (including a change of babygro), after some exquisite poo moments (Piglet's, not mine).
After all of this palaver, we returned from Westfield with nothing more exciting than a job lot of nappies and baby wipes. The days of popping into Topshop to casually spend £200 on shoes are long gone. In fact, I found myself actually wondering whether it might be worth the extra walk to Wembley High Road to trade in shopping in Tesco for the halal shop (food items) and Wilko (non-food items. Did you know you can get bleach in there for 80p? And today I purchased a washing up bowl for £1 for the express purpose of cleaning Piglet in it.
And there we have it, item one in the Single Mother's Guide to Saving Money: Shop in Wilko.