10 Tips to Save Money on Baby Expenses (Part 1)
Having our second child in December reminded me once again that right along with the joy that a new baby brings, comes a lot of new expenses. However, the excitement of new life doesn’t have to be dampened with the worry that you’ll go broke in the process! In fact, with our son and now our daughter, I realized that there are many ways that you can reduce the costs of having a baby. Here are a few of my favorite ways to save.
1. Borrow as much as possible from friends
We live in a smaller townhouse built in the 1800′s, and while it is full of character it really lacks storage space. So when our son was born 3 yrs. ago, and again this time around with our daughter, we took advantage of borrowing items from our friends who offered their baby things. Some of the things we borrowed were a bouncer seat, a swing, a cradle, and even some clothing. Not only did this save us from having to buy these items, it also freed us up from having to store them in our little house!
2. Take advantage of inexpensive clothes at yard sales and consignment shops
I have hardly bought any clothes brand new for our 3 yr. old son. In fact the only things I can think of are a couple of pairs of shoes, a pair of boots, and maybe two pairs of pants. Between baby gifts, yard sales, consignment sales, and borrowing a few things from family and friends he’s been able to have a great wardrobe for very little cost! And trust me, I’m picky about what I buy- used clothing does not have to look used.
Okay, so I know this is one of those very controversial subjects. And I know some of you likely have tried to breastfeed and have not been able to do so for a variety of reasons. Please don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying everyone must breastfeed! However, it’s pretty obvious that breastfeeding is by far the cheaper way to go. If you want to breastfeed successfully, my advice is to learn as much as you can by reading books, asking your doctor and your breastfeeding friends questions and utilizing a lactation consultant if necessary.
4. Make your own baby food
This is such a simple thing to do and is not only cheaper than buying baby food but also typically healthier. You can get some great ideas for fruit purees and other homemade baby food ideas from The Highchair Times blog.
5. Don’t buy big ticket items new
Big ticket items like cribs, strollers and changing tables are some of your biggest expenses when you are gearing up for a new baby. The good thing is that they are also fairly easy to find used. I suggest looking for these items at yard sales, consignment shops and even Craigslist. And a less familiar option, but one that we love, is Freecycle which is basically a place for people to swap items that they no longer need for free. With Freecycle you can even request exactly what you are looking for. Do be aware though that due to safety issues, some items are not recommended to buy used.
And when you are looking for used furniture don’t forget that a little elbow grease and paint can do wonders in making a rough piece of furniture look new again. We’ve had great success with painting several different pieces of wood furniture. And an added bonus is that you can paint it whatever color you want to make it match your decor.
Next week I’ll share another 5 ways to save on baby expenses. In the meantime I’d love to hear: What ways have you found to save on baby expenses?Add a Comment