12 Ways to Save Money on Baby Stuff
Babies are super cute and wonderful additions to any family. Baby items, however, can add up very quickly if you don’t have a budget and a good saving strategy in place. From cribs to strollers to diapers and much more, my husband and I had no idea how expensive everything was until we started purchasing items. In order to save money on baby stuff we had to be patient, creative and organized. Here are 12 ways to save money on baby stuff.
1. Have a well planned baby registry:
Having a well planned baby registry allows family and friends to purchase what you and your baby need. Check out 5 tips to consider when building your baby registry where I give tips on how to create a good baby registry. Another bonus in creating a registry is that most stores often give you a free bag of goodies such as coupons and samples of baby wash, diapers, pacifiers etc.
2. Shop sales and opt to use coupons:
You can save on essential items by looking out for sale items and keeping your eye out on coupons. You can also sign up for loyalty formula clubs and diaper clubs. All you need to do is sign up for their free loyalty programs and receive samples.
3. Opt for convertible gear:
Cribs, high chairs, change tables and plenty of items will grow with your child if you buy convertible pieces. If you are unsure if pieces are convertible look for pieces that say 3 in 1 or 4 and 1 etc. This ensures that you aren’t always having to buy another piece of baby gear when your baby outgrows it.
4. Buy pre-loved (secondhand):
One of the things that I personally love purchasing pre-loved are baby clothes. Babies grow so fast and require a lot of clothing due to growth spurts, and frequent accidents. Therefore, buying new all the time can be very expensive. I personally buy my pre-loved clothing at buy and sell consignment type baby stores where items are curated. The items are usual super cute, in good to brand new condition and on trend. There are also many Facebook groups, online buy or sell forums, and thrift stores where you can find pre-loved items.
Sell unwanted baby items or items that your baby has outgrown.
Before buying items see if any of your friends and family members have any baby items that they are no longer using. People often keep semi-expensive items that their baby used or seldom used.
7. Consider borrowing:
Instead of buying any items you’ll only use for a short amount of time, see if anyone you know can temporarily loan you what you need. For example, my friend was nice enough to loan us her bassinet.
8. Go the reusable route:
There are a few items you can purchase that are reusable such as cloth diapers or reusable nursing pads which can help save money over time.
9. Re-purpose items:
Get creative and re-purpose items that were originally meant for something else. Example: a backpack + portable change pad= baby bag. Dresser+ change pad= change table.
10. Get a free breast pump through insurance:
I recently published a post, how to choose and get free a breast pump . It talks about how most insurance companies cover breast pumps, breastfeeding support and counseling.
11. Do it yourself or commission a friend:
If you are a DIY person like me you can easily make many items such as baby hats, socks, blankets, decor for the nursery, baby food and the list goes on. If you’re not a DIY savvy person you can always commission a friend, family or head to a craft fair.
12. Price Match:
Many stores provide price matching to their store and online competitors which also includes Amazon. As long as you show them proof of the better price, they’ll honor it.
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Until Next Time
Sincerely Miss J
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