Having a baby is undeniably one of the best experiences you will ever have but we all know that babies cost a lot of money. You don't want to ruin your experience with your newborn with stress of how you will pay for everything. There is so many ways to save money that big companies don't want you to know about. Everyone all of a sudden has an opinion on babies once they find out your expecting. Every expecting parent knows the feeling of confusion when your overloaded with everyone's opinions. Let us help you with a quick list of money saving tips that will help you focus more on the birth than the debt.
Diapers - They Cost A lot!
Diaper Party - A great way to get a free supply of diapers
One fail safe way to save money is to have a diaper party before you give birth. A diaper party is when you invite absolutely everyone you know over for a party but the one catch is that they need to bring a box of diapers with them. Just make sure to tell people to get diapers of all sizes so you are not stuck with just newborn sizes. The cost of a few drinks and bags of chips will be greatly out weighed by the dozen boxes of diapers you will get. A diaper party is a great way to see all your friends and save hundreds of dollars!
Baby Clothes - Get Them Free
Clothes cost a fortune and they grow out of it SO quickly it some times feels like you are flushing money down the drain sometimes. Best way to get FREE baby clothes is to ask for them. Have a baby shower where everyone you know can bring you newborn gifts. Just like the diaper party, it is a great way to see your friends and get FREE supplies. You can also just ask your friends who have kids if you can borrow some of their hand me downs for your newborn or if you are the first of your friends to have a baby just google "baby clothing exchange" - you'll be surprised how many options there are!
Baby Formula - Apply For It!
Get free infant formula.
If you need formula for your baby don't pay for it, apply for it! Big formula companies like Enfamil or Similac are fighting for your business so use it to your advantage. Just google "free formula offers" or go to the big formula companies websites and there will be hundreds of ways to get free formula. You will have to give your email but free formula definitely out ways the annoyance of a few emails once in a while.
Don't Buy Toys - Borrow Them
Toy libraries are becoming more and more popular with parents because of how much money it saves them. Of course your baby needs their own personal toys but there are a lot of toys out they that you just cannot afford. A toy library is somewhere you can rent toys for your child and than return them as you would with a book library. If you don't know of any in your community that is okay all you have to do is a quick google search of "toy library or toy exchange" you will be amazed how many options there are.
Baby Food - You Don't Need It!
As my wife says, any food with the picture of a baby on the front can be duplicated for much cheaper. There are of course foods that you should not give babies too early including fish, tomatoes and nuts but when you eat your meal just puree a bit for your child. You could pay $5+ dollars on a day's worth baby food or buy some carrots for a drastically cheaper price and puree them yourself. The food is the same and much cheaper so when you ready to give your baby solids you can save a fortune!
Babies are expensive but don't let the stress of money ruin one of the most important days of your life. We would love to hear the ways you save money, let us know in the comments!