It has been said that having a baby isn’t cheap. I’m finding this to be true already. But there are ways that you can save money as you prepare for your newborn’s arrival. Here are 5 tips:
1. If you expect to have a baby shower, don’t buy any clothes. You just don’t know how much clothing (any what types) you’ll be receiving at your shower. Wait. And when you do purchase clothing, try not to be sucked in by all the cuteness. Look at the price tag. And make sure to check out items on-sale and second hand.
2. Create a baby registry (even if you don’t have a shower) early on. I’d say by 20 weeks at the latest. This way you have a list of the items that you need to buy before baby arrives. When you register early, you’ll be able to notice certain items go on-sale and snag them at a good price.
3. Check out maternity wear at 2nd hand stores first. I picked up a really nice pair of Thyme maternity pants for $5!
4. Everything in the nursery doesn’t need to match perfectly. For example, you can buy your crib at one place (when there’s a good sale) and a dresser somewhere else. When dealing with white, it’s almost always bound to match up well. With brown wood stains, there may be some variances but you should be able to get something close. Or be daring and pick a bold color for the dresser that obviously doesn’t match the crib. Not buying all of your nursery furniture from the same “set” often saves you a lot of money.
5. Don’t reveal the sex of your baby. This is said to help aid in receiving practical gifts at your baby shower instead of receiving more pink OR blue newborn clothing than you know what to do with.
What helped you to save money as you prepared for having a baby? Or if you are currently expecting to add a baby to your family, what do you plan to do to help cut down on costs?