4 Tips to Help You Save for a Baby
Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 10:58 am
Babies are delightful! A couple that is happily expecting a new baby has a lot to celebrate. Unfortunately, they also have quite a few expenses to deal with. The best tip I have ever heard about this is to start right away. Take some baby steps, a little at a time, to save on the items that your new baby will need.
Re-use what you have.
If this is your second, or third, child, then you might already have many of the items that your new baby will need. Baby bathtubs and high chairs tend to be sturdy enough to be used for more than one sibling. They are also easy to clean and disinfect. The crib and changing table that your first child used may be in good enough condition for your new baby to safely use it. Some of my friends moved a comfortable rocking chair from the living room to the new baby’s room, instead of buying a new one.
Start stocking up.
Diapers don’t have an expiration date. Now is the time to start buying a few packages of diapers in a newborn size, months before your baby will be born. You might be able to get a better deal if you buy them in bulk from Sam’s Club. This trick allows you to have plenty of diapers on hand when your baby is born and to save money on the diapers.
Visit garage sales
Baby clothing is one of the most common things to be found at a garage sale. People tend to hold on to good, quality, items for a while, until they are done having children. You can pick up some gently used baby clothing for a fraction of what it would cost if you bought the same items from a department store. Gather a little at a time, as your budget allows. Run it through the wash when you have enough baby clothes to make a load of laundry.
Do some comparison shopping.
You found an absolutely wonderful set of baby furniture that you just have to have. Start putting money away to pay for it. In the meantime, shop around, and see if the same furniture is on sale somewhere else at a lower price. Now is not the time for impulse shopping! Wait to purchase it until after you have saved more than half of the cost. That way, you can avoid putting an expensive charge on your credit card and getting stuck with interest payments.