I'm sure many of you are aware of the NCT and what they offer but for those of you who don't, please take a look at what they offer in your area. I'm not a member, nor am I affiliated in any way but I do access some of my local groups and really enjoy them, especially the Bumps & Babies sessions. I really wish I had known about them before I had DS and got to know some of the mums I've met since he's come along. They have Mums to be nights too and I would have liked to have gone along to those.
The nearly new sales can be brilliant (depending on what people are selling and what time you arrive) for getting a good bargain, cos let's face it - there's plenty of stuff you'll need for a short time only and none of it comes cheap.