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Simply Savings | Baby On a Budget!

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It’s pretty well know that babies cost a lot of money. All that equipment, diapers, gear, Oh my! However, it is possible to have a baby on a budget and save money as well.  There are some practical ways to save money and not take a huge bite out of your budget with a baby on the way.


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 Feeding time

It goes without saying that skipping formula and breastfeeding/pumping is the most frugal way to make sure your little one gets great nutrition and saves you the most money. Breast milk is after all, nature’s free food for babies.  If you worry about the cost of a pump, you may be able to borrow one from your local WIC or La Leche League. However, if you must do formula for whatever reason, keep in mind that many formula companies send out valuable coupons to new moms by just signing up.

When it comes to starting solids, it is much cheaper and wholesome to just make your own. It is as simple as blending up some cooked fruits or veggies. This will save you a ton of cash, especially if you just blend up the food you are eating with the meal. To have an easy stock on hand for on the go, consider blending a few servings and freezing them for easy thawing.

 

Diapers and Wipes

Cloth diapering is by far cheaper than disposable. You may worry about the ick factor, but you should know that you can buy a sprayer that hooks up to your toilet to spray off the waste into the bowl. You can easily just drop them into a pail with a lid and wash at home. Even with a diaper service, if this is too much for you, you will save a lot during the time your child will be in diapers. Plus, with all the cute designs for cloth diapers to choose from, how can you say no?

Wipes can easily be made by this simple DIY recipe.

What you need:

  • Paper towels
  • Baby wash
  • Baby oil

Cut your paper towel roll in half with a very sharp serrated knife. Place it in a bowl. Mix together 1 ¼ cups hot water, 2 Tbsp baby wash  2 Tbsp baby oil. Pour the  mixture over the paper towels and let sit. After 10-15 minutes or so, remove the paper towel core. Place in a plastic container or empty baby wipes container.

Making your own will save you a chunk of change.  According to Babycenter.com, the average parent spends over $20 a month on wipes. This recipe will not cost you anywhere near that!

Baby furniture and Clothing

You can buy almost any piece of baby furniture use that you want, usually in good condition, because most pieces are not used more than a couple years. One word of warning, make sure to check out the manufacture’s sites and online else where to make sure you are not buying a product that has been recalled. It is also a good idea to not buy antique pieces because they often contain lead paint.

For clothing, consider asking friends or family that has little ones. You will probably get a lot of hand-me-downs as it is, but in case you don’t have family or friends near you with small children, be sure to check out places like Craigslist or eBay for sales on gently used clothing sold in bundles or “lots”. There are also many children’s consignment shops that sell practically new brand name baby clothing at low prices.

What type of things have you done to save money while still preparing for baby? We’d love to hear from you! And while you are here, don’t forget to sign up for your FREE daily newsletter from Learnvest, it offers great ways to make your money stretch!

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