When you’re expecting a baby it can seem like you’re always digging in your pocket to buy something new. Babies need such a lot of equipment and it can be very expensive, especially if you haven’t got children already. If you’re on a budget or are just looking for a way to save money when you’re preparing for your new arrival, we have some top tips to help you to maximize your bank balance.
Ask Your Friends
Don’t feel as though you have to buy everything brand new. There are some things which you should definitely buy yourself such as a new crib mattress and car seat for safety reasons, but there are lots of things which are just as good second hand. Ask any friends who already have children if they have anything they won’t be using for a while that you can borrow. You can save a lot of money by buying items second hand too.
Think Before Buying
There are lots of wonderful looking baby items in the stores these days, but you don’t need to splash out on all of them. Most new parents find that they buy at least one baby product that they never use, so think before buying. Will you really use that changing table, or will a changing mat on the bedroom floor work just as well? Will that travel system really fit in your car’s trunk or would that more affordable umbrella fold stroller fit in more easily while also helping your little one feel comfortable?
Do Your Research
Don’t just buy the first item you see. Shop around first for any new purchases and see if you can find discounts or similar items on sale elsewhere. If there’s a particular item that you’ve set your heart on, do your research to find the most affordable price for it. You can often buy it online for a much lower cost. Use price comparison websites to help you save on products you really need.
Would Reusable Diapers Work?
Disposable diapers are convenient and are the standard choice these days, but reusable diapers could save you a lot of money in the long run. They don’t work for everyone, but if you have plenty of time on your hands and you’re keen to protect the environment too, they could be a choice for you.
Lots of women who are expecting a baby start shopping for essentials before their little one arrives and end up stockpiling diapers and wipes. This isn’t really a good idea before you know what you’re going to be use or need. You may stockpile a pile of diapers and then realize you don’t like that brand. Just buy enough to get started and then save the rest of the money until you know what you prefer.
There are lots of supermarkets and baby stores which offer freebies to members of their loyalty schemes or baby clubs. Join as many as possible and then take advantage of the coupons and free samples that they send you. You could end up getting lots of free stuff with minimal effort.
Avoid The Temptation Of The Clothes Aisles
Shopping for baby clothes is a lot of fun but it’s also often a big waste of money. Babies tend to just wear sleepsuits for most of the time and they grow so quickly that they hardly have time to wear any nice outfits that you buy for them. Don’t buy too many things in the first size and avoid spending a lot on smart outfits. Lots of people will probably buy you clothes for your new arrival anyway, so you’ll probably end up with more than you need.
When you’re purchasing baby items, keep the boxes whenever possible. You can then re-sell the items afterwards and recoup your money. Also, avoid taking labels off any new clothes for your little one until you put them on your baby. Lots of clothes won’t get worn and you can sell them in brand new condition and make a few extra dollars!