Are you expecting a baby soon? Are you ready with the baby supplies or are you stressed about the expenses? You don’t have to go broke to provide for your little one. With some effort and creativity, you can get what you need and still have some money left to save up for your baby.
Where Can I Get Cheap Baby Stuff?
The first place I would check is your circle of family and friends. This can be especially helpful if they had their child in the last two years or so.
Even if they don’t have the items that you need, they can put out the word to others about what you’re searching for. You’ll be surprised how many parents would love to clean the clutter from their house and help another parent with supplies.
While some parents will give the stuff away, others may sell it really cheap. More than likely, you’re still getting a great deal.
Online Baby Stores and Deals
Besides checking out stores in your area, look online to see if you can find a deal or a sale on items that you need. When you shop online, search for coupon and discount codes to cut down on your expenses. I like to use RetailMeNot to find some deals. You can also go ahead and type into your search engine the name of the store plus ‘discount’ to
Don’t be afraid to check around Craigslist for some of your supplies. Some wonderful deals can be found with some items that tend to be used only for a short period of time.
- Changing Table/Dresser
- High Chair
You get an almost used item at a fraction of its original price. Always check the condition carefully before you buy to make sure it’s in good condition. Some items like car seats, you should think about if you’re looking at used.
Saving for Your Baby
If you don’t have an emergency fund, now would be a great time to get started. If something should happen to you while you have a baby, it can be even more financially and emotionally stressful. Even if it’s only one month of expenses tucked away, at least you have some cushion.
I also recommend opening a high interest savings account with a back like ING Direct or use SmartyPig for your baby fund. If friends and family ask where you’re registered at, tell them and then briefly mention the baby’s savings fund. Some people want to help out and this is a big assistance.
Thoughts on Baby Expenses
I’d love to hear your tips for saving on baby stuff. How did you prepare for your baby’s arrival? How were you able to get high quality items for a reasonable price?