This guest post was written by Taya of Simply Frugal
For many soon-to-be and new parents, stressing out over how to afford a new baby is a given, especially in a shaky economy. But for many first-time parents, when it comes to actually buying things for their baby, many will spare no expense.
But, there are easy ways you can save hundreds, maybe thousands on your baby essentials. Here are 5 simple ways to save money on baby stuff:
1. Buy the smallest diapers possible.
Don’t be in a hurry to move up to the next size of diapers if you don’t have to. By buying bigger diapers you’re also getting less in a package.
For example, a package of size 3 Pampers Baby Dry (mega pack) has 60 diapers and fits babies that are 16 – 28lbs, while the size 4 has 52 diapers in the pack and fits babies that are 22 – 37lbs.
2. Buy in bulk.
By purchasing the items you use every day, such as diapers and wipes, in the biggest package possible you can definitely save money in the long run.
Not only will it save you money, but quite possibly, late night runs to the grocery/drug store!
3. Be patient.
When it comes to preparing for the arrival of a new baby, it’s very easy to think you have to have everything ready before the baby is born. However, if you wait to buy some items, you’ll discover what you really want, or need.
One thing you might think is essential: newborn sized clothing. Most babies can get away with wearing 0-3 month clothing, which will fit quite a bit longer anyway. The longer you wait to buy, the more informed you’ll be about where you want to spend money and where you’d like to save.
4. Talk to other moms.
When you talk to other moms who have “been there, done that”, you’ll find out what they found to be useful and what they didn’t.
Some moms find infant car seats to be a waste and just go straight for the convertible seat. Listen to their reasonings, then decide for yourself what will be best for you when it comes to all baby purchases.
5. Save with social networking.
Not only is it beneficial to sign up for manufacturer’s mailing lists, but joining your favourite brands’ Facebook pages and following them on Twitter could garner you good savings and free stuff.
Social networking sites are a great place to find coupons, giveaways and special offers for your favourite products.
Having a new baby is such a wonderful time, but there’s no need to spend all your hard earned dollars on baby stuff, when you’re armed with some frugal tricks!
In my opinion, saving money on the purchases you have to make is just as fun as spending money, especially when you know you’re making an informed purchase.
How do you save on baby stuff?
Taya enjoys the simple pleasures in life, deal hunting and being creative on a budget. She is also a new stay at home mom to a sweet little girl, living in beautiful British Columbia. With the help of her supportive husband Jesse, she writes daily on her website, Simply Frugal – which is dedicated to making the frugal lifestyle more simple for Canadians.