5 Surprising Ways To Save On Your Baby’s First Year
Having a baby is indeed one priceless experience. However, it’s a stage in your life that you need to save up. Why? Because every dollar you have seems to sprout wings – for diapers, formula milk, hospital visits and baby stuff. Of course, you want to provide everything for your little one. Yet, you don’t need to buy every gadget imaginable for your bundle of joy.
Not everyone’s a natural born money saver. Well, at least when you don’t have kids yet. But when you have a baby to consider, saving on costs and learning how to budget are important. Here are 5 surprising ways to save on your baby’s first year.
Don’t Buy Cheap Diapers
This may sound crazy but it’s definitely true. When you buy baby diapers, make sure to purchase the more expensive ones. Why? Because they are more absorbent and your baby won’t have diaper rash. I’ve tried buying cheaper ones before but realized I made a huge mistake.
The diaper is full within just an hour of using it compared to expensive ones which can last for a couple of hours. So, the money I saved went down the drain just the same. Moreover, cheaper diapers leak – making a big mess and double the laundry pile.
Breastfeed Exclusively If Possible
Breastfeeding is free. Formula milk costs a lot. Basically, that’s the logic behind recommending breastfeeding to save money on your baby’s needs. If you’re a housewife, you can nurse your baby, as much as you possibly can.
On the other hand, working mothers should pump their breast milk to save up in time for work again. They can also express breast milk at work and bring it home to their babies.
Preloved Baby Stuff Are Cheaper
Babies outgrow their clothes and baby gear so fast, you’d regret buying all those clothes right away. Brand new items are more expensive and they’ll be used for just like a couple of times. However, when you purchase pre-loved clothes and baby gear like strollers, car seats and cribs, you can save about 20 percent off or more.
If you have family members or friends who just had a baby and they need to get rid of some of the stuff they bought, you can offer to buy them for less. If you’re lucky enough, they might give it to you for free. When I had my first baby, I kept most of her clothes and baby gear, just in case I get pregnant again.
There are also moms who are selling their baby stuff on the internet. Try searching in social media platforms and buy and sell sites to get the best deals.
Stick To The Essentials
When you go baby shopping before your delivery, you might feel overwhelmed with how many items are actually in baby stores. You can’t imagine how all these stuff could fit your nursery. Don’t buy everything you see as important but always remember to stick to the essentials – diaper, baby bottles, baby crib, stroller, car seat, breast pump, and sterilizer.
Just think about three needs of babies – food, sleep and safety, and you’re all good.
Hit The Sales
This, I love. I always anticipate baby sales and hit the stores right away. The mere 5 to 20 percent off the original price is a lot of savings already. However, remember not to buy many things before the baby is born. For instance, I bought a bunch of expensive baby bottles before my baby was born, only to find out she wouldn’t take them. She wanted a brand which was way cheaper. Good thing I was able to sell her expensive ones online.
Saving on the first year of your baby’s life is not as hard as it seems. All you need to do is stick to the basics and determine your priority when it comes to his or her things. Do not follow the trends you see online or in advertisements. You’ll realize that all these simple changes can lead to savings for more important things like an educational plan, medical insurance, or even a new house.
I am Stacy Belk – the owner of MomWoot.Com, a first-time mom who developed a sense of prudence when I had my first baby. I realized a lot of things and in making decisions, I make sure I go for what is best for my daughter – without breaking my bank.