You might have learned several things since your baby was born. For example, you might be surprised at how you can get by on such little sleep. You also learned you would go to the ends of the earth to make your baby happy.
One other reality you may have figured out is babies are expensive. How can one eight pound person cost so much? Luckily, there are several things you can do to save a little on baby expenses. Consider some of the following suggestions:
Consider what gear you really need: With all the baby gadgets on the market, it seems you could spend a fortune. But do you need all of them? The answer is probably not. If you’re trying to save some cash, consider what you need and what is not that important. For example, you might be fine without a wipe warmer or a special breastfeeding pillow. Keep in mind, everyone is different and may feel certain items are worth the splurge. Decide what are your must have items and hold off on the rest if money is tight.
Double up. Buy furniture that serves double duty. For example, there are high chairs on the market that can be converted into a booster chair and then a regular chair as your baby grows. Buying double duty furniture and other items may prevent you from needing to replace items as quickly as your little one grows.
Buy secondhand clothes on occasion. Consignment shops may have cute outfits for a fraction of the price you would pay at a department store. Babies grow out of clothes so fast that most items may have only been worn a few times.
Think big when it comes to diapers and wipes: There is no way around it, you’re going to go through countless diapers and wipes before your baby is potty trained. If you buy disposable diapers, consider buying in bulk. Large grocery warehouses often sell diapers, wipes and other baby care items in bulk. Usually the larger the package, the lower the price per diaper. You can also go eco-friendly and use cloth diapers, which may be less costly than disposable ones.
Sign up for freebies: Some manufacturers including baby food and diaper companies may provide coupons or free samples to consumers for trying their products. You can likely signup online to receive coupons through email. Some companies and stores also offer a rewards program for loyal shoppers. Signup is usually quick, and you can earn freebies over time.
Trade and borrow items: If friends or relatives have baby items that they don’t need at the moment, consider accepting their offer to loan you some stuff. You can return the favor when your little one outgrows certain things.
Written by MaryAnn [email protected]
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