As moms we are always searching for money saving tips because kids can be very expensive. There’s the diapers and wipes, baby hygiene products, doctor visits and more! While you wouldn’t trade your new bundle of joy for anything else in the world having so many added cost to already piling bills such as utilities and the mortgage can at times feel suffocating. The Place For Busy Moms and Frugal Mommas understands the need to balance the budget while still creating peace and harmony at home. That’s one of the many reasons why we’ve chosen to share some of our favorite money saving tips for new moms just like you.
Money Saving Tips For New Moms
There are going to be times when this is not the best option for your little bundle of joy. However, there are plenty of times when buying used is actually the wiser thing to do. For instance, larger toys, you may not be able to afford to buy them new. Your little guy or gal isn’t going to notice the difference. Some toys, such as this excersaucer even have replacement pieces that are sold separately online. We do highly recommend that you clean these used items before you allow baby to play with them though, as that can lead to baby getting sick from unknown germs. Still, one good clean down of gently used toys and you’ll think that they are as good as new.
For the first few months of baby’s life he or she will be outgrowing everything, so we don’t recommend stocking up on items such as clothing and diapers right away. However, once you feel comfortable that baby is at a size that will remain consistent for a while then we do recommend stocking up. For diapers this is usually at size 2, for clothing you may start to notice the change around the 9month although for others the change may not come until about 18 months. Don’t be discouraged you’ll still have plenty of other things that you can stock up on to say a little extra cash. Wipes are one of those things. You’ll use wipes long after your baby has become a potty trained toddler so when you see wipes on sale they are a great investment.
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While we are on the subject of wipes, there will be some things you may wish to not buy generic. Chances are wipes are something that you’ll want to splurge on a little. We recommend Pamper’s sensitive if you are looking for a truly soft wipe for baby’s bum. Just because you choose to go name brand with baby doesn’t mean that you can’t go generic in other areas of your life though. Perhaps it’s time to try that store brand that has caught your eye?
There’s a post over at FrugalMommas that shares 8 places where you’ll be able to find free samples. It’s worth the read. You see, brands understand that you are low on extra cash right now. They also know that despite being low on extra cash you will still need to buy things for baby and so they are going to do all that it takes to ensure that their name remains a great name in the baby industry. One way that they try to set themselves apart from the rest is by giving out free samples. These days free samples for products usually mean that you have to become a blogger but that’s not the cash for baby products. The baby companies love to share their goodness with everyone to ensure both safety and satisfaction.
The USDA has a list of phone numbers for every state and the qualifications for those seeking assistance with the WIC Program. Just a clarification here, WIC stands for Women, Infant, Children. Women who are pregnant or nursing can apply for assistance with their grocery bills. A woman can offer ask for help with her infant and children up to a certain age. Check the qualifications for your state to find out if you can apply. For those who do qualify WIC will help take care of certain food items such as milk, eggs, and cheese. These savings add up and really help out overall.
Choosing to not find out the sex of your baby? That’s awesome! You’ll save a ton of money and have an amazing surprise on delivery day. Not okay with not finding out? That’s okay, you can save money with natural items as well. It’s okay to get the adorable pink dress with the matching hair bows, we’re not talking about only clothing items here. Actually it’s the larger items that we are talking about. Consider this, are you willing to buy all new baby gear the next go around? If you don’t want your little girl to be in a blue and red dinosaur play pen then maybe go neutral there. Not okay with your son in a pink and purple stroller? Perhaps go neutral there as well.