What are your top 10 money savers for new parents?

10 Ways To Save Money
by NCinDC

Question by *~Cam’s Mommy ~*: What are your top 10 money savers for new parents?
My husband and I are expecting a baby next month and have a very tight budget. What would you say were/are your top 5-10 money savers to help free up some money? (in terms of parenting..ways to save money etc.)

Best answer:

Answer by Apathetic
No designer clothes for the baby. The baby doesn’t care and they grow out of them so quick, it’s not even funny.

Very few toys, newborns don’t care, and older babies tend to play with a few favorites anyway.

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7 Responses to “What are your top 10 money savers for new parents?”

  1. zaza says:

    Cloth diapers. (plus you will help the environment)
    Shop at used baby clothing stores for the first year. HUGE savings. The cloths are usually like new because they are in them such a short time.

  2. www.Impressions-Ezine.com says:

    1. Eat at home 6 nights out of 7.
    2. Check out DVD’s from the library rather than paying anywhere.
    3. Price shop everything.
    4. Buy baby’s clothes on clearance at the end of the season (you have to learn to predict the sizes, but it’s not really that hard).
    5. NO CREDIT CARDS! If you can’t pay cash for it, you don’t need it!

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  3. MOMMY1 says:

    Hi! One thing to do is to buy second hand clothes. I shop at garage sales a lot and find things in nice condition but much cheaper, also thrift and consignment shops.

    A second thing is to use cloth diapers instead of disposable-but to do this you have to be committed. The price is a little high at first but over the long haul you’ll save tons!

    3. One thing we did is opted not to buy a changing table. Instead I have dark blue hand towels (they don’t show stains easily) that I lay out on the bathroom counter. Then I change my son in there and use wet cloths to clean his bottom (for dirty changes) rather than wipes. This way we saved by not buying a changing table and we saved by not using wipes. My son just turned one and we are still doing things this way!

    4. Clip coupons! Go directly to a product website and sign up for any emails or snail mail they offer. Sometimes they send coupons or free samples of the product. For instance if you use disposable diapers try huggies, luvs, whitecloud and pampers.com Also, clip or print grocery coupons so you can save money on that front and use it for baby!

    5. Get to know other moms in the neighborhood or in your church or other group and swap baby clothes around-use hand me downs from other parents and then allow them to use any hand me downs that you eventually have. Do this swap thing for babysitting services too-you babysit for a couple one night and they do it for you another night-that way everybody gets a night off and you get free siting service and so do they.
    6. Breastfeed if at all possible-you will save so much $ $ $ $ $ this way! I was only able to breastfeed for 6 months due to a surgery I had to have and it is amazing how much formula you go through and how expensive it is!

    These are just a few thoughts, hope this helps & congrats on your pregnancy!

  4. DrPhilamina says:

    Buy used! (except car seats) Babies grow so quickly, they need a whole new wardrobe every 3-6 months, it’s crazy! And why pay $ 150 for an exersaucer or swing that she may not even like, when you could pick up a gently used one for way cheaper.

    Get your friends to throw you a HUGE baby shower. Invite everyone you know!

    Don’t waste $ on expensive classes when they are babies. Things like Gymboree, gymnastics, music classes – they are such a waste, they will not make your baby smarter! Wait until they are old enough to choose activities that interest them, and at that time you can expose them to it. There are plenty of places that offer free activities for parent and baby, like libraries, church playgroups ect. or start your own playgroup.

    If you’re not planning on having any more kids, sell all your baby stuff while it’s still current (you will get more money for it). If you plan on having another baby, keep your baby stuff in good condition and organized so it’s ready when the time comes.

    some great sites for buying and selling used baby/kid stuff is http://www.kijiji.com/ and http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites.html

  5. josazja says:

    1. buy the child’s cloths from thrift stores. the baby is not in them long enough to wear them out.
    2. do online searches for free stuff (i would get diaper and formula samples and coupons for diapers and formula)
    3. breastfeeding will save the money on formula
    4. buy cloth diapers (more expensive at first, but in the long run an lot cheaper than disposables)
    5. use coupons for your food. watch for sales and use coupons with the sales. You will save a lot more that way
    6. buy a car seat/toys that have multiple stages.
    7. borrow clothes/baby items from friends who have had children already
    8. lower your cost of living. for example- if you go out to eat 4 times a month… change it to 2

    sorry, i can only think of 8 right now. If I think of more, I’ll let you know.

  6. Ryan's mom says:

    I saved a TON of money by buying my son’s Fisher price Piano Gym at a yard sale. I paid $ 5 for it and even at Walmart it is about $ 30-$ 35 new. Bouncy seat, $ 5, Toy Chest (The Little Tykes discontinued football one) $ 10, etc. Clothes, if you go on half-price day at the thrift stores you can get them for as little as .49 cents.

  7. Donna B says:

    Breastfeed. If all of the wonderful health reasons to nurse are not enough, consider that artificial milk (formula) can cost upwards of $ 30+ per week without govt assistance. Ouch.

    Cloth diaper. A good stash can cost a couple hundred dollars to start, but it doesn’t have to. Washing your own will save the most $ , but even most services cost less than paper diapers which often cost 15-40 cents each (over 2.5 – 3 years from birth to potty training, it adds up).

    Go to resale shops for clothing, furniture and big toys. Join your local Free-cycle list, too. Every baby outgrows things, so there is no shortage of gently used baby items.

    Make your own baby food, and feed your baby age-appropriate versions of what you and your dh eat. 44 cents per jar may seem cheap, but it wont take long for baby to eat 3 meals per day, and the bigger “stages” cost more per jar.

    Stay home with your baby as long as you can or have family watch him/her. Daycare is very expensive for babies under two years. Many families find that even without two incomes they save money if one parent stays home.

    Use a convertible car seat instead of an “infant carrier” seat. The carriers cost as much as or more than a good convertible, and you will only get about 3-4 months use out of them. If you want to use one, borrow from a friend instead of buying. (careful buying used seats, experts recommend replacing seats after an accident, but there is no way to know the history of seats you find used)