Ways to Save Money When You Have a Baby

Everyone says that babies are expensive and it seems that every few months a survey is carried out on how much it costs to bring up a baby. The figures always seem astronomical and far in excess of normal people’s wages. Potential parents shouldn’t be put off by the expense of having a baby. It doesn’t have to be as outrageously expensive as you’d imagine.

There are many ways of saving money when you have a baby. One of these is to tell everyone you know you’re expecting and people will start to save things for you. Especially useful are those friends or family who’ve just had a baby as they are bound to want to pass on some items as their baby grows out of them.

One of the good things about baby clothes is that a lot of them get very little wear because of the speed at which babies grow! It is only some things like romper suits and vests that get the wear and often even then they are still in perfect condition and could be handed down to several babies. Stains are tricky though so the weaning stage often has less cast offs than you’d like, but this is just another reason people should be using bibs on their babies!

Join your local Freecycle group and look out for the bigger items like cots or prams being offered for free. If you have no luck waiting then you can submit a request for items – for some groups it’s only one single request per month, but some other groups allow more.

If you still need baby items then look at the local charity shops. You can often pick up bargains on prams and pushchairs at this sort of shop. Check the items over carefully and remember that you can get new raincovers for many types of pram easily either at baby shops or the internet. As long as the item is in good condition it should be a bargain. Many charity shops don’t allow the resale of car seats. This is because it’s impossible to know if they’ve been involved in an accident and this could reduce their function as a life preserving device.

When you’ve exhausted your local charity shops then it’s time to scour the classified ads in the local paper or even online. You can pick up bargains on the supermarket notice board too so it’s well worth taking the time to look.

Keeping a list of items you’re after means that you can tick off things as you get them, and also means you can share the list with friends and family who can then look out for baby items for you, or even treat you to brand new if you don’t manage to find the items in time.

It is possible to save a lot of money by being frugal and looking for as many bargains as possible. If you’re going to use disposable nappies it’s worth keeping an eye out on the offers at the supermarket. This goes for baby skin care ranges too – look out for some great deals at local chemists too on wipes and baby creams.

By being careful and hunting around for bargains your baby can be the best dressed and it won’t have cost you a fortune!

Taking Your Baby Shopping List to a Baby Clothes Sale

Tiny little dresses, bodysuits, shoes and pants – you’d think things this tiny would be cheaper, but they aren’t. Before you buy a few sets for your baby, you’ll find that you’re pretty much topping your budget out. What is worse even, these clothes may well fit your child for a couple of months before she outgrows them. So, what do you do? You head for a baby clothes sale, of course. The question of course is, where?

The fact that we all have smartphones these days has practically started off a revolution in shopping. We have something called shopping apps now?names like ShopSavvy and RedLaser that get on the Internet, scan the barcode tags on any item you want, and they tell you where on earth there is another identical piece that’s cheaper. If you don’t just want regular low prices, how about scanning the article in question into CouponSherpa? That little app will give you information about where you can find coupons.

Want to save in two ways on the same dress? How about buying used? That’s right, you can go to a second hand baby clothes sale and buy there just like that. You see, there are new millions of other parents out there who have been in the same situation that you are now. They buy clothes for their little ones (plenty of them) and then discover that hey, babies go grow fast. So what you get in these places has been perhaps been worn a couple of times, if that.

To look for these used baby clothes sale alternatives, check on Children’s Orchard, eBay or Craigslist. If you suspect that there should be other homes in your immediate neighborhood where parents should be willing to offload a few things you need, Neighborgoods and Freecycle should be right up your street. While you’re at it, you might as well pick up cheap, used baby furniture and other stuff.

Of course, you couldn’t even think of doing a thing like this when your child grows up to be five or so. She’ll be fashion-conscious by then. Right now though, what you say goes. Your baby just doesn’t know the difference. Be prepared to take advantage of it.

Did you know that just because you buy something new now, doesn’t mean you can’t save on it afterwards if prices drop? Save your receipts. If the store announces a price drop up to a week or so after you buy, you can get a refund. Of course, keep looking online for a new baby clothes sale or two.

Baby Shopping Cart Covers – A Safer Seat For Your Baby

There is a relatively new product that is becoming more and more popular with parents, grandparents and babysitters alike that allow a baby or toddler to be protected from the germs that are on those dreaded grocery store carts – not to mention, they are also cushy so they add comfort for the little ones and also have fun colors and patterns that really attracts their attention.

This clever little invention is not only user friendly, but one-handed user friendly as the maker realizes you will most likely be holding your little one in one arm while you secure the cover with the other. It takes about 10 seconds to throw the cover into place and secures with Velcro straps. Once you have your baby or toddler buckled in the shopping cart cover, you also have the option of using a bottle pocket, toy pocket, multiple loop attachments which allows you to secure small toys and pacifiers so the child cannot throw toys or pacifiers on the dirty store floor.

There are also Double Shopping Cart covers for those who have two small children. They have extra storage and a “mommy pocket” for diapers, wipes, sippy cups etc.

The shopping cart covers are 100% cotton and therefore 100% washable so having more than one is always nice to be able to rotate in and out of the wash so you always have a clean one – it’s also fun to have different patterns to play with depending on the child’s mood and they can also have fun getting to “pick” which cover they get to bring along. The covers fold easily into a tote or diaper bag for carrying and storage. In addition to fitting into all grocery store shopping carts, these covers can also be used on park swings and on restaurant high chairs. Some models can also be used as car seat covers – which anyone caring for a toddler can appreciate!

I really love that this product is available for our little ones. The most important thing is that it protects them from the germs that are inevitable on grocery carts, swings and public high chairs without this cover , but what I also love is that it’s a great gift for baby showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, christenings, birthdays, etc. Some websites offer custom made covers where you can add the baby’s name – which is always a nice touch. I’m always on the search for a really nice, unique gift and not only is this one of those products, but this is actually extremely useful – the recipient will really appreciate it – and so will the baby – those grocery cart seats can’t be comfortable.