When a baby is on the way, it's easy to go a little crazy with the spending! Especially for us, when you've waited so long for the arrival of a little one, you want to purchase everything in every color and every size! (Evidence shown to the left!) Couple that with the fact that there are a MILLION products that the industry would make you believe you NEED to be a good parent and/or keep your baby alive, it's easy to go broke before your baby even arrives. In a future post, I'll address my must-have and don't bother baby products, but today I want to share how we make the most of our dollars when purchasing baby supplies.
#1 - Diapers
When it comes to diapers, I have a VERY strong brand allegiance to Pampers. I've tried Babies R Us store brand as well as Huggies and ended up donating the majority of the boxes because they weren't working for us. You might think this means I end up spending a fortune on a "more expensive" brand, but with these easy tips, you will save TONS!!
UPDATE 2017 - I now LOVE Target Brand diapers! They are perfect for my little man on the run! And much less pricey!
#2 - Formula
While I may have a strong brand allegiance when it comes to diapers, my little one has a strong allegiance to Ready to Feed Similac. If you are just now venturing into the world of baby formula, Ready to Feed is the pre-mixed liquid, not powder or, the adult equivalent of Starbucks vs. brew at home coffee. Let me tell you, this stuff will break the bank! But with the few tips below, you'll definitely take the edge off!
Using these tips I have saved hundreds in the past few months. The receipt shown here was a recent shopping trip. Each box of formula regularly retails for $45.99. Purchasing 10 would have normally cost $459.90. Applying $8 off any 2, BOGO 50%, a $10 and $5 'rewards bucks', brought my cost to about $300. Then I had a $5 vendor check for each box, bringing the cost of 10 boxes to ~$250 or $210 SAVED - without a single coupon. This is a total of around 45% savings!!!
#3 - Baby Clothes
They're so tiny, they're so cute, but they can be oh so expensive! Especially when you consider most outfits will only get a few 'wears' before your baby is into a bigger size, baby clothes will take a toll on your pocketbook. See below for how we've managed to keep our little one stylish for a steal!
Tip 1: Buy less than you think you need. Contrary to the majority of my Instagram posts, most days my son doesn't wear a full 'outfit'. When he was a newborn, he spent most days in sleepers and now that it is getting hot out, he typically wears just a onesie. You do not need 25 size 0-3 month sets of overalls. And, let's be honest, when you're at home by yourself, no one wants to be dealing with the off and on of baby pants while making a million diaper changes.
#4 - Baby Food
If you follow my blog or Instagram accounts, you know I'm HUGE into making my own food. Here is my only tip -- Just do it. When a jar of baby food runs you about $1 and you can buy a 32 oz jar of applesauce for $3, it shouldn't take much more convincing. If you're thinking it takes too much time, here are 5 no-prep needed foods you can serve in seconds...
If you are looking to venture into making your own purees, check out my running post -- Recipes for Baby Food Purees
I hope you found these tips helpful! And, in case you missed it, here is post one of this series...my tips & tricks to save on your groceries!