5 Tips for Saving Money for Baby
Babies are expensive. When you're pregnant and planning it all out – the expense can seem utterly overwhelming. But, when you really look at what you need to have a baby, by planning smart and using some easy tips, you'll find that saving enough money to have a baby isn't as impossible as it may seem.
Check out these 5 tips for saving enough money for your baby, plus ways to cut costs.
You don't need to have all new everything – and secondhand shops are great for baby things. Some things you should buy new (like car seats or breast pumps), but if you're after clothes, swings, playpens, and strollers look around. There are also a lot of baby-swaps and if you search in your area, you'll find a lot of opportunities to save money.
Ask Friends and Family
One of the best things about babies is they grow really quickly so friends and family probably have a lot of clothes left from their baby days that were not often worn. Since your baby will grow really fast as well – you don't need to buy all new.
Ask your friends and family if they have any clothes from their baby days and go through it – chances are you'll find a lot you can use.
Buy Little and Wait for the Rest
When you find out you're pregnant, the urge to buy all the things happens quickly, but by waiting you'll save a lot of money. Buy only a few items of clothing and the must-have items like a car seat and wait for the rest to see if it will actually be needed.
No use on splurging on a $200 swing if you find your baby sleeps just fine in their bassinet and if your baby is going to be born in the winter, save on the stroller and get it later on. When it comes to the clothes, you don't need to stock up on the whole wardrobe at one time, so shop for the first month before your baby is born and that's it.
Buy Gift Cards Each Pay Check
Each payday, purchase a gift card for your local department or grocery store and put it away to use for the baby. Doing this, you won't actually save money, but when you do want to get that swing or you need diapers, you'll have money put away for them already without having to worry about your bank account.
Skip Bassinets and Baby Shoes and Try Breastfeeding
When you're debating how to save money, buying some items are necessary and others, not so much. We didn't bother to get a crib for this baby because we knew that we were going to co-sleep, so we got a big baby gate and a mattress instead. If you know, you'll use a crib, skip the bassinet and go for a convertible crib.
Those baby shoes are wildly adorable, but your baby won't actually use them. Skip them altogether and save the money for when your child starts walking.
Breastfeeding isn't possible for everyone, but if you're able and willing to give it a try – you'll end up saving a lot of money on bottles and formula. You can skip the fancy breastfeeding clothes and just wear regular tank tops, and see if you need a pump before you go out and get one.
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