Don’t sweat it – not everyone’s a natural-born money saver. But now that you’ve got baby to consider, knowing how to budget is a definite must. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered together 20 simple-yet-effective ways to save for the baby. So, Read over our list of tips and share some of your own below.
1. Buy generic and less expensive brands.
Does the baby’s label really make a difference? He’ll only be in that onesie for a few months, so resist the urge to splurge.
Prepping your home to prevent accidents can help you save on medical costs (not to mention stress)!
3. Get a belly band
This awesome invention (a stretchy band you wear around your waist) will keep you in your pre-pregnancy pants much longer, saving money on maternity clothes.
4. Wait on the maternity clothes until you really need them
Ignore the urge to buy maternity clothes just because you’re excited about being pregnant.
5. Get good insurance BEFORE you conceive
Make sure you know your provider’s policies before getting pregnant, and be absolutely sure that you’re covered — there are laws against considering pregnancy a “pre-existing condition,” but the law contains several loopholes that could hinder your prenatal coverage, particularly if you are switching from one individual plan to another or from a group health plan to an individual plan.
6. Buy things that last
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised how often you find yourself buying things that are poorly made or disposable. Invest in sturdy stuff that can be handed down from generation to generation (or at least from baby to baby).
7. Don’t get emotional
Okay, so this is easier said than done when those pregnancy hormones are running wild, but try not to shop when you’re feeling super sentimental. (The excitement can easily lead to over-shopping for baby.)
Buying consignment or directly from the vendor? Haggle. Plan to furnish your whole nursery from one shop? Ask them to reward your loyalty with a discount. (Yep. You really can do this.)
9. Hold out for the showers
Remember that if someone throws you a baby shower, you’ll likely wind up with lots of outfits, toys, and maybe even gear. The point? Don’t stock up ahead of time. You or your partner can always hit the stores afterward to grab anything else you need.
10. Make your own baby food
When the baby starts to eat solids, toss cooked veggies into the blender with a bit of liquid, and save the meals in ice trays — the money you’ll save makes it worth the extra effort.