Posted: 27 March 2018
Each year, nearly four million infants are born in the United States alone. Not only do they bring tremendous joy, but they also bring about the need for baby supplies.
Both new and seasoned parents know that “bringing up baby” requires money. However, a newborn’s requirements needn’t break the bank.
With some smart saving techniques, moms and dads can stretch their savings to pay for future items like a bigger house, more reliable vehicle, inexpensive healthcare insurance or even college tuition.
Below are smart ways to make great shopping choices when purchasing top-quality baby supplies.
Hit Up Yard Sales
Every yard sale is a potential goldmine for new parents. Sellers constantly offer deep bargains on top-notch items from clothing, furniture, toys, soft-cover books and maternity wear.
Be prepared to negotiate for the lowest prices you can get, always within reason. The more stuff you buy, the less you’ll likely pay per piece.
With this being said, always buy certain things new to avoid safety issues. Booster seats and cribs are best bought from manufacturers and retailers that understand the latest security expectations and guidelines.
Become a Coupon Whiz
Coupon cutting has practically become a sport for some people, and for good reason. Even if you don’t ever hit the jackpot like the individuals featured on shows like TLC’s “Extreme Couponing,” you could still slash your grocery and other bills.
Start by looking for coupons online that you can either print off at home, or simply show to the check-out person at your nearest store. Next, be sure to either purchase a Sunday paper or borrow your non-coupon collecting neighbor’s. Most Sunday papers are filled with coupons you can cut out and use.
Getting the feel for couponing? Start asking people around you to bring you their unused coupons. Organize them in binders or envelopes for ease, and be sure to strategically hit particular stores every week when they’re having pertinent sales.
Don’t forget that even if you don’t have a coupon for diapers or formula, you can save tons by paying less for your other groceries. Make it a game to see how much you can get for how little each week!
Visit Your Nearest Goodwill Store
Despite what you might assume if you read gossip on the pricey baby supplies preferred by the rich and famous, babies don’t care about whether their bedsheets or apparel was previously used.
Goodwill stores and similar community-based re-sellers get a plethora of baby supplies all the time. Yes, you’ll have to sort through linens on your own, but you can find amazing bargains. Look for items that haven’t been stained or ripped, as well as those that fit with your particular style.
Of course, plan to thoroughly clean everything you purchase before allowing it to come in contact with your baby’s sensitive skin. That’s always a must when preparing anything for an infant.
Choose Eco-Friendly, DIY Cleaners
You’ll want to keep your entire house sanitized from top to bottom, most notably during your baby’s first few months at home. Yet you don’t have to throw money away on disinfecting wipes if you take a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to cleaners.
For instance, it shouldn’t cost more than a few pennies a use if you make an all-purpose cleaner from white vinegar, water and Borax. Go to your favorite dollar store to get everything at incredible prices.
Below is the simplest recipe for a cheap but effective cleaning product that doesn’t have any chemicals:
- Prepare a spray bottle that holds at least 16 ounces of liquid
- Add two cups of hot water to the bottle
- Add two tablespoons crushed Borax to the water
- Add two tablespoons of white vinegar (any brand) to the Borax/water mixture
- Put a cap on the bottle and shake well
Now, you have a fast way to clean off any surface. Choose reusable rags instead of paper towels, and you’ll save even more because you’ll have less waste.
Start Using Cloth Diapers
For millennia, women diapered their babies in fabric. Then, disposable diapers came onto the scene.
Certainly, disposables are extremely convenient. Just toss them away and you never have to worry about seeing them again! But they’re expensive, and infants go through them faster than you can say “feeding time.”
If you’re not quite prepared to dive fully into the world of cloth diapers, you’re not alone. Many people use cloth diapers half the time and disposables the other half. Hey, it still saves a bundle because diapers aren’t the cheapest investment you’ll make.
A final note on cloth diapers: Be sure to clean them in very hot water. They’ve been in contact with bacteria, so your job is to remove it completely. Also, choose hypoallergenic laundry detergents and softeners that are less likely to irritate your child’s delicate skin.
Nurse to Save Money on Formula
While not every mom has the physical ability to nurse her newborn, those who can will find it saves dollars.
Good quality baby formula requires spending money, and babies need to eat regularly. Even if you’re not able to nurse all the time, you can nurse often enough to keep your milk supply decently high and supplement bottle feedings.
Of course, you may also be eligible to get reduced or free formula depending upon your financial circumstances. Talk to your pediatrician about this possibility if you’re concerned about being able to afford good formula for your son or daughter.
Skip Unnecessary Baby Supplies
Advertisers might try to woo you by promoting tons of fabulous looking baby supplies, but don’t feel like you need every gadget on the planet.
Some of the least needed baby supplies include the Diaper Genie, baby bathtub, and the Boppy. Sure, you might receive these add-ons as well-meaning presents, and that’s fine. Just don’t spend anything from your savings account on them because they tend to be more trouble than they’re worth.
Be the Best Baby Deal Shopper Around
After you apply a “let’s get a deal” mindset to your baby supply shopping, you’ll find that it spills over into other areas of your life, too. That means more money left for doing other things, like planning an affordable cabin rental getaway without the kids!