Having a baby is an exciting time in anyone life. A new baby can also bring on additional stress when it comes to figuring out how to buy all the baby supplies. There are so many different things you need to account for when you are getting ready for a new baby. Furniture, diapers, formula, baby care items and toys are just a few of the things you will need to start budgeting for. Finding cheap baby supplies is crucial in keeping your budget under control. Throughout the years I have learned several different tricks that have helped me supply my children with what they need at a price I can live with.
Saving on Baby Toys
When you baby is still small don’t feel the need to buy expensive toys. Sometimes the simplest things are the most entertaining for babies. Even picking up some cheap baby books will stimulate your child and allow you to get in some bonding time by reading to them.
When shopping for baby toys try to find clearance items or 2nd hand toys. I have found several affordable toys on the clearance rack at Target and Wal-Mart. Garage sales are often the best place to find affordable toys for your baby. Just make sure to give them a good cleaning before using.
Saving on Furniture
If you don’t already have a crib, changing table or dresser from a previous child, these costs start to add up quick. Before you go out and pay full-price ask friends and family if they have any furniture they will let you borrow.You can also check Craigslist, thrift stores and garage sales for baby furniture. You will probably end up saving 50% or more compared to buying brand new. Don’t pass up a great sale even if the furniture isn’t the color you are after. You can pick up supplies at Lowe’s or Home Depot to make second-hand furniture look brand new again.
Saving on Baby Equipment
Having a swing, play pen, bouncer, high chair or any other piece of baby equipment is important for most moms. I don’t know if you have looked at the costs of these items lately but a swing can run you $100 or more! Spending $100 on a swing just seems a little crazy especially when you can find one for a lot less than that.
Spend some time looking on Amazon for baby equipment if you want brand new. You will often find some pretty great prices along with free shipping. You can also check 2nd hand baby stores for gently used baby items. A $100 swing might end up costing you $60 or less from a 2nd hand baby store.
Saving on Baby Care Items
Diapers, formula, lotion and baby soap are all things you need to care for your baby. Combine all these things together and you have a fairly large expense on your hands. These are also some of the easiest items to save on. You can get coupons for almost all baby care items, you can sign up for freebies online, shop Amazon and sign up for baby clubs through Pampers, Huggies, Similac and several other places.
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