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11 ways to save money when you have a baby or toddler

Posted Mar 04 2014 10:07pm
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(Please note:  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Well Beginnings.  However, all opinions stated below are my own.)

 

If you’re a parent, you know that having children is not cheap.  Those little suckers are expensive- though worth every penny and then some.

Still, it’s always nice to save money, and it is definitely possible to give your child the very best things that you can without breaking the bank.  I have a few tips that I hope you find to be useful!

 

11 ways to save money when you have a baby or toddler

1.  Shop consignment. Consignment stores are generally quite choosy about the items that they accept and sell, so you can actually find lots of inexpensive second-hand items that are in amazing condition (and sometimes never even used!).  If you’re not familiar with consignment sales and/or don’t know where to start, there’s a wonderful website called Consignment Mommies that allows you to search for consignment sales in your general location.

2.  Sell consignment. Gathering up any gently used clothing is a great make some money.  Sure, you’re not going to get rich off of selling your child’s old clothes (as consignment sales and stores typically give a small percentage per item), but hey, every little bit helps, right?  Just be forewarned that going through baby clothes can be a real tear jerker, and you’ll most likely want to hang onto everything for sentimental reasons…or maybe that’s just me?

3.  Don’t take the tags off all of the baby clothes right away. I’ve touched on this before, but I cannot stress it enough.  Babies grow so quickly, and you’ll often be left with a lot of unused clothing.  If the tags are missing or the clothes have already been washed, you won’t be able to return them for a full refund.

4.  Learn to love hand-me-downs. Hand-me-downs tend to have a bad reputation, but they can be a serious money saver.  Even though I am expecting a girl, I still plan to use some of Michael’s old pajamas, bouncy seats, toys, etc.  I mean, it’s 2014.  I’m pretty sure that no one is going to gasp when they see my daughter in blue pajamas.

5.  Don’t buy a baby bumper. This is another one that I think I might have mentioned before, but once again, I need to repeat myself.  I never used Michael’s bumper (except we did have it in his crib before he was born).  Experts will say that a baby can suffocate by rolling into them when they’re really young and that they can use the bumper as a device to climb out of the crib when they’re older.  So, really…what is the point in getting them?  Maybe Michael can use his when he heads off to college.

6.  Breastfeed and/or make your own baby food. I wasn’t able to breastfeed with Michael, but obviously, it is much cheaper than buying formula (especially if you rent your breast pump).  I did make his baby food though, and it was actually really fun- not to mention way cheaper than buying a million jars- and healthier too.

7.  Ask other moms what you really need. If you aren’t quite sure if you need something for your baby, ask around.  For instance, I was told that a warmer for baby wipes was just a luxury product, so I never got one.  And I can pretty much guarantee that Michael’s little behind never suffered from being touched by room temperature baby wipes.

8.  Buy convertible furniture. This type of furniture might cost you a little more upfront in some cases, but it will save you in the long run.  Just make sure that you hang onto those directions, so you’re not scratching your head trying to figure out how to convert your child’s crib into a bed when the time comes.  Speaking of which, where did I put those instructions?

9.  Find some free activities that your child enjoys. I love taking Michael to the park, the pet store, and the library during the week.  He also has a great time running around the backyard like a crazy person and going to the pool during the summer.

10.  Sign up for coupons and deals. These can be annoying, and sometimes my inbox does suffer from a major case of coupon overload.  However, they really are a great way to save a few bucks, and it doesn’t cost anything to hit the delete button if you’re not interested.

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11.  Use store brand products when possible. While some store brand baby items aren’t that great, I have found some gems.  For instance, I really like the baby wipes from Well Beginnings which are sold at Walgreens locations (aka the store that uses “Aiden’s” voice in their commercials).

I love the green tea & cucumber wipes the best because I’m pretty much obsessed with scents and feel the need to sniff nearly anything.  They’re surprisingly gentle, hypoallergenic, and moisturizing.  I also like the easy to close and open seal, and it’s actually the first seal that Michael hasn’t managed to tear off and break!  There are also unscented wipes under the Well Beginnings brand as well as an assortment of diapers (with cute little elephants on them).

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It’s a good thing that hugs and kisses are always free, or I’d be flat broke! :)

 

What are some of your best tips on how to save money when you have a little one? 

erin

 

(Thank you to Well Beginnings for sponsoring this post.)

  1. Great tips, Erin! I am usually very overwhelmed by consignment, but am learning to embrace the chaos :)
    However, we used the bumper from the start. I know I’m in the minority, but H would have been one bruised baby without it!

    thegrassskirt Reply:
    March 5th, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Good to know! I hope that our baby girl doesn’t need one because I didn’t buy one! Haha. Consignment sales can be SO overwhelming. I prefer to bring mine to consignment stores where they give you money right on the spot. :)

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