When you are due to welcome a brand new addition to the family, it is an overwhelming, happy and expensive time. Not only do you have to come to terms with the emotional prospects of your new bundle of joy, but you also need to make a whole load of purchases to make sure they have everything they need. There are so many different things to think about from decorating the nursery to buying a pram, so how are you going to keep your costs down? Shopping for a baby doesn’t have to break the bank so consider the following ways to save money on your first little one.
Buy in Bulk
Even the tiniest little baby can go through supplies like no tomorrow. They wear about six vests a day, puke on five bibs and can power through up to ten diapers in a twenty four hour period. If you buy bulk baby diapers, wipes and lotion, you are guaranteed to save money in the long run. Consider creating a little storage cupboard for all of your bulk baby purchases; you will never have to worry about running out of diapers at a very crucial moment!
Accept Hand Me Downs
It is likely that many people around you have already had babies, whether it’s your best friend or next door neighbor. You might feel the need to go out and buy a whole wardrobe of brand new things for your little bundle of joy, but they will grow out of everything before you know it. Don’t be too proud to accept hand me downs; your baby will wear their cute new outfit for a month or so before they need a new one anyway.
Having a baby inevitably means you’re going to need to head out to the shops for supplies, but don’t go overboard. Baby books and online forums will tell you that you need everything and anything, but don’t rush to the shops and max out your credit card just yet. Ease your way into the purchases and don’t buy anything that isn’t absolutely essential. If you decide you need a breast pump or baby sling later along the line you can always go out and buy these things when you need to.
Write a Gift List
Baby showers are not only a great excuse for a party, but it’s likely that people will want to buy you gifts too! Write a gift list and let people know what you actually need, otherwise you might end up with a load of stuff you already have.
Overall, having a baby is going to affect you and your family financially. However, as long as you plan ahead and take some of this advice on board, you will be able to shop thriftily for your new arrival. Buy in bulk and say yes to all the hand me downs you can get, because as they grow up they will have a lot more to say when it comes to spending your money!
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