It’s Monday and I’m starting to get back into the swing of things here on the site. My husband is taking his paternity leave to help me around the house as I get acclimated with my new routine. Our mothers were here the first few weeks to give us an experienced hand and I have to say, it was wonderful.
Having a baby has been a huge change in more ways than one, but something that surprised me is how inexpensive they can be if you’re willing to do a little work. Family helped us find ways we can cut back on baby expenses while still getting what she needs.
15 Ways to Cut Down on Baby Expenses
I decided to consolidate some of the best tips and advice I’ve heard and read so far from others into a list that you can print out and put on your fridge.
- Have a trusted friend or family member babysit your child. Don’t take advantage of a loved one’s generosity; you should still compensate them for their services. After all, you most likely get a discount and you’ll have some peace of mind over your little one’s well being.
- Make your own baby food. If you have the right kitchen tools and the time, go ahead and make your baby’s food. It’ll also give you the freedom to introduce a variety of different foods to your baby early on.
- Buy baby supplies in bulk (when appropriate). You can save quite a bit of money if you buy certain items in bulk, like diapers. consider subscription services like Amazon Mom to save 30% on diaper orders.
- Consignment stores are your best friends. We have quite a few consignment stores in Raleigh with some high quality items. There’s one that specializes in baby clothes and gear a short drive from us that has fantastic deals. We picked up some outfits for $1-$4/each, with some of them having the tags still on.
- Cook at home. Not exciting, but a huge cost saver. Eating at home not only helps you keep more money in your wallet, but you’ll have more control over what you eat. That means better health and more wealth. Curious about what foods to try or what cooking tips can save you time? Check out my blog Married Food for ideas.
- Watch your toy budget. Babies don’t need as many toys as you think. It’s tempting to get the latest educational toy that comes out, but some basic ones really go a long way. Plus they have the added bonus of encouraging imagination.
- Buy for the long term. When looking at cribs, my husband and I wanted to look for something that would last for years. Besides getting a convertible crib, we also looked at the material. We didn’t want the bed to break down after a move or two.
- Go generic.Your baby can tell if she’s wearing the name brand shoes or having her bottom cleaned by the store brand wipe. Save yourself some money and go generic.
- Buy washable nursing pads. You’ll go through them quickly, so it may pay to invest in some washable ones.
- Check out the clearance rack. You can pick up some nice clothes and baby gear by looking at the clearance rack.
- Keep the change. Go ahead and collect all the loose change you have at the end of the day. You can use that to build the family’s savings or put it aside for your baby’s future expenses, like a college fund.
- Take advantage of coupons and discounts. Use manufacturers’ coupons and sites like Amazon Mom to score deals on necessary baby items.
- Try free mommy programs at the library.
- Wait for the baby shower. If you’re watching your dollars, be patient. If loved ones buy you some necessary items for your little one, you can pick up what’s missing.
- Network with other parents. Parents can be a great resource for sales and deals in your area.
Save Even More on Baby Expenses
Looking for more ideas on saving with baby expenses? I’ve included the Baby Expenses series (as of today) to help you get started.
- When Do You Start Saving for Your Child’s College Fund?
- How Much to Save for College for My Child?
- Decorating the Baby Nursery – Biggest Bang for your Buck
- Find Deals on Diapers
- Saving Big Bucks on Baby Gear
Join In the Baby Expenses Series
Are you a parent or a parent to be with some helpful advice or stories? Please go ahead and join in on the fun, there are 4 ways you can be a part of it:
- Leave your tips in the comment section. I love reviewing thoughtful comments from readers. Some topics have several ‘right’ answers and I think sharing different view points can be helpful.
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If you’re expecting or raising a newborn, I wish you and your family the best!
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