When I first found out that I was pregnant, like many mothers, I was filled with joy and overwhelmed with emotion. That joy soon turned into panic, when the words:
“How are we going to afford this?” punctuated each and every one of my thoughts.
Through my recent experiences, I have come to learn the ropes on how to save big while making sure my son gets everything he needs. It’s only a matter of going about it creatively and keeping an open mind when you want to get more for less, or better yet, free.
Friends with Kids
Your friends are your biggest allies when it comes to saving. It’s kind of amazing how generous friends with children can be towards the newest little addition to the group. It’s sort of a win-win situation, because not only are they helping you, they’re clearing out what their own little ones have outgrown. You can have even more fun with it by hosting a clothing and toy swap with your friends. It’s an easy way for old toys to become new again, all the while trading for the sizes that you currently need.
Yes, we have all seen those TV shows on couponing. And no, you don’t have to be extreme like those women. However, couponing can truly save you big bucks when it comes to diapers and formula. By signing up for the mailing lists of the brands you use, you can receive coupons on a monthly basis to help cut down your costs. Keep your eyes on sales and stock up, because for the next few years, you’re going to need it.
Though somewhat inconsistent and admittedly sketchy at times, most of my best finds have come from thrift stores. If you think about it, baby clothes are perhaps some of the cleanest buys from a thrift store, because they aren’t worn for very long. Recently, I found a pair of pristine Adidas track pants for my 6 month old for a whopping 75¢. I didn’t think twice about it, considering the likelihood that the previous owner had run around the track in them was rather slim. And don’t get me started on toys. Far too frequently have I come across gently used toys for less than a dollar, to later see the exact same toys at a department store for no less than $10. Just be sure to buy toys that can be cleaned thoroughly, and you’re good to go.
It takes a little time and patience, but it’s worth the extra effort to save money. And hey, you’re saving the environment too, because the word of the day is – reuse.
Words By: Valerie Leybag