Baby Money Saving Tips
Babies can be expensive, with all the gear to buy before they are even born, let alone the nappies etc once they arrive. Add in dropping from two income to one and it can be a little stressful. Babies really do not have to cost much at all, just follow our baby money saving tips below.
- Buy second hand baby clothes – Babies wear each size for such a short amount of time, particularly the smaller sizes, so it makes sense to buy them second hand. The bonus is because they are barely warn it’s easy to pick up second hand baby clothes in excellent or even new condition. Shop at either second hand shops, or buy directly from other mums by searching eBay, Facebook buy and sell groups and Gumtree.
- Don’t buy too many smaller baby sizes, they really don’t stay in 0000’s and 000’s for long at all. Instead, stock up on larger sizes like 0’s and 1’s that they will wear or much longer.
- Consider buying the next size up to what your baby currently wears, they may be slightly big but you will get much more wear out of them.
- Buy out of season – Buy baby (and the whole family) clothes out of season, so pick up summer clothes at the end of summer, ready for next year. You just need to predict the correct size for next year.
- Don’t buy too much baby gear too early in your pregnancy, chances are you will be given a stack of second hand items from other parents that no longer need them, not too mention all the baby gifts from family and friends.
- When you are finished with your baby items and clothing, sell them to recuperate some of the costs of purchasing the items. If you sell items you bought secondhand, you could end up making all of your money back.
- Ignore the ‘what to buy for baby’ style lists, most of the items are completely unnecessary.
- Use baby face washers and water instead of baby wipes when at home, save baby wipes for outings.
- Cloth nappies are a great way to save money, even if you just buy a few to use at home.
- Make up big batches of mashed veggies and freeze in small portions as an alternative to buying pre-packaged baby food.
- Use Squishy Snak Paks for home made baby food when out and about, they are even great for snacks for toddlers when out and about, just fill with yoghurt! You can get squish Snak Paks from the Bargain Mums General Store.
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