Welcoming a new baby into the world is an exciting time. It can also be stressful, confusing, terrifying, and overwhelming all at the same time. One of the most common stressors during this time comes from financial worries, and wondering how you are going to afford having a new member of the family to support and take care of.
Thankfully, paying for a baby and all of his or her needs doesn’t have to be as big of an expense as you might expect. Here are a few tips on how you can save money on all of your baby necessities:
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Shop at Thrift Stores and Garage Sales
While there are a few products that you’ll want to buy new (such as safety items like car seats), there are many items that you can buy secondhand that will serve you just as well as a brand-new version. Thrift stores are a great resource for baby clothes. Most onesies and infant/toddler-sized clothing items are gotten rid of because they are simplygrown out of. This makes for a lot of apparel that is still in great shape, and many parents donate their child’s outgrown clothes to charities or thrift shops.
Also check out any and all garage sale in your area for gently-used toys and accessories. You may be able to find a baby jumper after another baby outgrows it. Our favorite baby jumper is the Rainforest themed Fisher Price. You can read a great review of the jumper on the The Best Baby Jumper review site.
Replace Disposable Items with Reusable Ones
Using cloth diapers may seem like an ordeal only suitable for those ultra-crunchy moms, but more and more parents are finding this trend to be a worthwhile money-saver. Although it requires an initial investment, not having to buy a seemingly endless amount of disposable diapers will save you money in the long-run. This may require an extra load of laundry each week, but you’ll only have to buy the diapers once. This is especially useful if you plan on having more kids in the future, as these diapers can last a while and be used for more than one child.
Become a “Couponer”
You don’t need to be as extreme as the ones you see on TV, but learning some basic couponing skills will come in handy as you prepare for the baby to come (and after baby is born, as well). Read up on your local stores’ coupon policies and familiarize yourself with their weekly or monthly sales.
Many stores like Target also have apps that you can use for paperless couponing. You can check the newspaper and online coupon sites for additional coupons, too.
You can usually find coupons on most baby product retailers online. A good resource for this is Mamma.com, it’s a coupon related search engine which allows users to search for coupons on all of their favorite brands!
There you have it. A few practical ways to help all of you amazing mothers out there save money while shopping for baby supplies!