Hi Friends! This is a guest post from Tori aka CrazyThriftyMommy. Enjoy!
According to parenting magazines everywhere, the rough cost to care for, clothe and feed a baby over the first year is $12,000, and it only goes up from there. Between the nursery, diapers, feeding and clothing it really adds up. In my article Creating Your Dream Nursery For Under $500 you can alleviate some of those costs. There are also a lot of freebies that you can get for being a new mom! Who doesn’t love free stuff? If you want to have a baby but don’t think you can do it financially, here are some tips and tricks.
Thrift Shop! No not that catchy song that gets stuck in your head. I mean go shopping at Goodwill, Salvation Army or find some local groups that you can get free or cheap gently used baby items. You can get furniture like dressers, rocking chairs and even your crib there if it is in good enough condition.
Baby Shower/Diaper Party! If this is your first baby, then you can go all-out with your baby shower, register for pretty much everything, and you will get a TON of stuff. If this is your second or third baby, have a sprinkle. It is pretty much a baby shower, but your guests just bring outfits, diapers, gift cards and it truly helps so much! You can also have your hubby throw a diaper party. A bunch of guys playing poker or having a cookout, and everyone brings a pack of diapers. Diapers are such a HUGE expense, and any help really is amazing.
Utilize Member Deals! Websites like diapers.com offer 15% off your first order and always have amazing promo codes if you like to shop online. In store deals like Giant Eagle, there are always coupons for certain brands of diapers and you get points towards gas for shopping there. When you fill up at the pump, you get points toward groceries for shopping there as well.
Use Rewards Programs! Pampers and Huggies both have rewards on the diapers you buy. Once you sign up for an account, there is a little sticker inside the diapers and you just plug in the code online and start getting points. You can use the points to receive baby gear, enter into sweepstakes and buy things like prints from Shutterfly.
Breastfeed! While breastfeeding may not always be an option for every family, it is a money saving one. Formula costs about $24 per can, and a can only lasts for a few days at the most. Check to determine if you qualify for programs like WIC, if you do, this is a great money saver. There are also other awesome benefits to breastfeeding like the extra 500 calories you burn a day. If you do choose to formula feed over breast, you can always get awesome coupons straight from the company like Similac and Gerber to get some awesome savings. Jump on their website and sign up when you are expecting and the coupons will arrive prior to your delivery.
Coupon! While I may be thrifty, I just cannot seem to grasp the concept of couponing. I have seen a lot of other mothersâ€™ success stories of how they get all of their groceries for free, and included in those groceries are their diapers. If you have the time and the brain capacity bigger than mine, couponing could be an awesome option for you to save some money!
What ways of saving money have you found that work for you and your new family? What are some things that you do to save money on baby items?
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