No doubt you already know that babies are expensive (but so worth it)! However, there are a few things you can do to cut costs when your little one comes along. I have gathered 7 Ways to Save on Baby Essentials for your here.
7 Ways to Save on Baby Essentials
1. Coupon- If you are not much of a coupon user having a baby may change that. There are so many diaper and wipe deals on a regular basis that I know of many people who were able to stock months worth of diapers for a fraction of full price using and stacking coupons. Check out a couple coupon sites to find out the best coupons to combine to bring your prices down considerably.
2. Samples- Signing up for diaper, formula, and other samples can help offset your baby costs a bit. They usually send great coupons and send samples more than once, so this will help flesh out your stockpiles of these. Here are a few to get you started:
3. Yardsales/Consignment Shops- One of the most obvious places to cut back on baby expenses is to buy second hand. Babies grow so quickly that many of the outfits they receive are only worn once, twice, or not at all. They most of them may still be in like new condition. Ebay is another great resource for used clothing and other baby items. Clothes are often listed in large lots by size making it quick, easy, and inexpensive to outfit your little one. You can also stock up on baby gear this way, but I do not recommend second hand car seats. Car seats come with expiration dates and should always be replaced after accidents. It is just too important to risk not knowing valuable information on their use history. I would err on the side of caution with cribs too, unless you know the age of the crib and have checked for recalls, etc.
4. Baby Registry- A lot of baby registries come with a load of samples and coupons to get you started. Most offer a bonus perk. For example, whatever you haven't received from your shower that was on your registry you can purchase at a certain percentage off -usually 5%-10% for a certain amount of time. Check out these two popular baby registry locations:
5. Cloth Diapering- Cloth diapering is much kinder on the environment and is more healthy against your babies skin than traditional diapers but they can also save you a lot of money. While the initial investment is considerable,they last a long time and most grow with your child, making them much cheaper in the long run. You can also pick them up second hand for even greater savings. Check out How to Save Money Using Cloth Diapers if you would like to learn more.
6. Homemade Baby Products- Consider making your own products like diaper cream, baby lotion, wash, and wipes. You can save tons of money and they are usually much better for your baby than the ones in the store that are full of chemicals and unnecessary artificial fragrances. Here is an easy tutorial for DIY Natural Baby Bottom Balm.
7. Breastfeed- Besides being so good for your baby and a sweet bonding time, breastfeeding can save you an incredible amount of money. Formula is extremely expensive and your baby is a lot less likely to be allergic to your milk than powdered formula. In the event of allergies, special formulas can be even more expensive. Of course you can pump for the times you are not there or want to share in the feeding time.