Saving Money BEFORE Baby Arrives

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This isn't really shocking: babies are expensive. If you are expecting, you're probably also adding figures in your mind: diapers, clothes, gear, toys, books, photos, and more. So if you're looking for some ways to save some money before your due date, check out these three money-saving ideas.

Buy generic groceries. You may already be doing this, but if not, give it a shot. And if you're scrunching your face up now thinking that generic groceries can't possibly be as good as name brand food, think again! Try out a few things, and see what you like and what you don't like. Many times you'll find the generic food is just as tasty. It may not seem as though you're saving that much right away, but after a few trips to the grocery store, you'll be surprised at how much you will actually save.

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Love books, music, and movies? Buy them second hand or get yourself a library card. I am an avid reader and bought all my books nice and new from the big stores or online. But guess what? By visiting second-hand book stores, I saved a ton and… gasp… got the same words within the same covers. The only difference is maybe a few creases in the spine. You can also trade in your old books and spread the joy. The same goes with other types of media. Besides second-hand stores and libraries (for books, movies, and TV on DVD), you can also check out Hulu.com for free entertainment anytime!

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23 comments

  1. Charlotte says:

    Well im hoping some of these cuponing sites will help me out a bit, my family has not yet moved out on our own, and we are living with my husbands aunt, as im still with child. and thanks to them and helping me be able to help out at a store to earn stuff for the baby helps out alot, helping me make cheep meals and wrting them down, but i just wish there was more i could do to savbe, because the more money we are able to save before the lil’ gets here the faster he can get a car and we can get our own place

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    We’ve saved enough with buffer for any incidental costs. I hope we can do better with our next.

  3. gfeld says:

    I am frugal when it comes to spending money and yet with four kids already and being that they are in private schools, the cost is astronomical. Life costs a lot and a with a baby it won’t get any cheaper. Cut corners where ever possible as long as it doesn’t interfere with safety to help you defray some of the cost.

  4. Maytte says:

    My favorite ways to help save are buying in bulk from warehouses (especially diapers) and resale shop for just about everything except underwear. Also borrowing clothes from plus size family members helped me save on maternity clothes. My dad is a 3x and his PJs are so comfy.

  5. Kelsey says:

    I try not to eat out alot and using coupons helps alot and only buying what you need more and look for special to helps alot.

  6. Theresa says:

    My husband and I tried saving money during my pregnancy, but it ended up not working out. We ended up spending the money on stuff for the baby.

  7. Marina says:

    Hardly ever eat out anyway.

  8. KaelinRae says:

    I love my generic groceries 🙂 I do a lot of ad matching to at the local stores.

  9. MzKiesha says:

    I am on a limited income, but hopefully that will all change today I have a job interview. Please pray for me. Our family really needs this blessing to make it with our new addition.

  10. Marilyn says:

    What helps a lot is couponing. I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now and let me tell you, it’s worth the time and planning you spend on shopping trips. I now save around 51% most of the time saving me a lot of money. Last shopping trip I saved 92%. It really helps!

  11. thinkobu says:

    Very helpful Article!

  12. Janice says:

    I may use this money saver now!

  13. AmyC says:

    I already do these

  14. JamJam says:

    I wish i was as skilled at couponing as that!!! im just learning now!

  15. Brandi says:

    I follow all of those tips. I’ve been considering doing extreme couponing and see what I can do there except I don’t have any money to buy stuff even with the coupons.

  16. Angelwings says:

    meat bill for 8 days 20$, 10 lbs potatoes 5$, milk 4$, pasta 7$, sauce 7$. save-a-lot comes in handy. usually per week the food bill is 78$. not bad for 2 people so to be three, I’m going my moms route when it comes to feeding baby find a local farm if I don’t produce milk.

  17. I definitely need to start buying more generic products. I do buy some now but I need to do it more. Also the second hand book store and library card is a great idea as I LOVE to read.

  18. i already did these before i got pregnant 🙂

  19. SammysMOMMY says:

    It is nice to get hammy downs from friends too!

  20. Sasoo says:

    This is so important as I’m a big saver ANYWAY and now all I think about is BABY!!

  21. LizZin says:

    COUPONS!!! I was never into it before getting pregnant, wondering things like "is 50 cents off really worth my time"… the answer is YES!! Each penny adds up, sometimes shopping trips are a dud and I only save a dollar but usually I save somewhere in the $10 range. A friend of mine just paid $7 for $50+ worth of groceries a few weeks ago, she’s been couponing longer than me… I’m still learning. 🙂

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