Our biggest thing was preparation. We weren’t worried about getting a few hand me downs.
We got a next to me cot from Gumtree for about £70 cleaned it down and it was good to go.
We shopped around for our travel system we went with a Joie Chrome pushchair and found a dlx model on offer saving a few quid. The same shop had received tye carrycot section 2 months earlier not knowing what it was had reduced it to a £1 from £100. We got the car seat from someone who had bought it in a package and didn’t want it. And got the base on gumtree too. All in all we more than halfed the cost of buying as a package and still use the pushchair and base at the moment over a year on.
Shop arround there are always bargains to be had