Congratulations on your upcoming addition. You’re in for a remarkable treat in the form of unlimited hugs and kisses from someone who honestly thinks you’re perfect. But, while your baby’s love is free, everything else is going to cost you. Here are a few tips on how to save money as you prepare to add an entirely new section of expenses to your budget.
Stock up early
Once your baby arrives, you’ll find that you don’t have nearly enough clothes, you need more burp cloths, and the three packs of diapers you thought would last forever won’t make it to the end of the week. Make a point to stock up on the essentials, but also on things that make life easier like freezer meals, hand sanitizer and coffee. Don’t forget to grab a few items for your closet to wear after the baby is born. This includes a breastfeeding bra, nursing pajamas or gowns and nursing tops, which will make it easy to handle midnight feedings. If you plan to work throughout your pregnancy, you’ll also need stylish maternity clothes.
If you can’t drive by a craft store without making a Uturn straight into the parking lot, you can use your creativity to save some cash. Stores like JoAnn have an almost endless variety of fabric that you can use to make your own baby blankets and other necessities. You can also find plenty of yarn, buttons, zippers, and patterns if you’re feeling extra ambitious and want to make your own maternity clothes. For the nursery, you can even coordinate your little one’s curtains and other accents with matching fabric. The best part? You are not limited to traditional “baby” designs you could feasibly create a wild wizarding world with JoAnn’s line of Harry Potter fabric or choose from dozens of other fun themes. Shop online and take advantage of Joann coupons.
The decision to buy new or used is one of the most debated topics among new parents. Most experienced moms and dads will happily tell you that used is the way to go on most things. Clothing, playpens, and even toys don’t have to come in their original packaging to be a treasured addition to your baby care arsenal. Baby swings, bouncy seats, and video monitors are other bigticket items you can pick up used at most consignment shops or summer yard sales. Goodwill even offers online auctions and, if you’re lucky, you may be able to find baby gear for pennies on the dollar. You’ll have to keep an eye on the site and search for what you’re looking for, but it can be a fun way to keep costs down.
You can’t buy everything used, and diapers, formula, and other essentials can add up quickly. This is why Money Crashers suggests signing up for rewards clubs from manufacturers of the products you buy most. Most name brand diaper companies allow you to collect points that you can cash in for more diapers or fun little extras that aren’t in your budget. If you prefer to buy in bulk, invest in a Sam’s Club membership. Go for the “Plus” program and you’ll earn $10 cash back for every $500 you spend.
Cut back in other areas
Expand your saving to other areas of your life. One way to save is planning meals in advance which will help you avoid expensive (and often unhealthy) takeout food. Or you could save on a gym membership by choosing to work out at home. You can also cut out things like streaming services, subscription boxes, takeout and even apps that aren’t free. Every little bit can make a difference, and you’ll be in a better position to boost your emergency savings. There’s no way around it, your wallet’s going to get thinner as your family grows. But you don’t have to spend everything you earn on things your child won’t remember anyway, like new clothes or expensive baby blankets. Don’t be afraid to get creative in your shopping habits … or just plain creative.
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