Thursday, November 11, 2010
Saving Money on Baby
When I found out we were pregnant again I panicked a little wondering how in the world we were going to afford a new baby. We had just gotten rid of everything baby and would have to start all over again. Clothes, food, furniture, doctors appointments, the list never ends.
I came up with a list of some of the things we did to save a little money while still getting the things we needed for the baby.
Buy clothes secondhand. Babies don't wear things very long. You can buy used clothing from garage sales, consignment stores, and off of Craigslist. We didn't know the gender of our baby so we stuck with gender neutral colors so that we would be able to have a wardrobe set up for baby when we brought it home. This saved us from having to go out and buy new once we knew if it was a boy or girl.
The same goes for bedding, blankets, baby towels and washcloths. All of which I had gotten at garage sales.
Breastfeed if you can. Not only is it healthy and a wonderful bonding experience it saves money, lots of money. Have you seen the price of formula?
Breast Pumps. These can be pricey. I have seen them priced as high as $800. If you need one look at garage sales, Craigslist or see if you can borrow one from a friend. The pump itself can be shared. If you buy one used you can just replace the tubing and valves and sterilize the rest. I bought my Medela Pump in Style Advanced breast pump at a garage sale for $25. The lady had all sorts of replacement parts including valves. The only thing I replaced was the tubing which I found online for $3.59 plus shipping. Instead of buying through the Medela website I bought from Amazon saving an additional $10 or so.
Looking for baby furniture? Again look at garage sales, consignment stores, thrift stores or Craigslist. I bought an Eddie Bauer Bassinet for $10 and a Fisher Price Swing for $25 from a garage sale early this Summer. My changing table I bought for $35 off of Craigslist.
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