Ways to Save Money on Baby Stuff

Babies need a lot of stuff.  It’s a little ridiculous. 

And that stuff costs a lot of money.

So I think most parents want to find ways to cut down on baby-related costs. 

I’m still a newbie mom, and I know I have plenty to learn in this area.  But I have picked up some strategies that have helped us save a few bucks.  And if I can help anyone else save money, then I want to do that!

How we’ve saved money on baby stuff:

1. We joined Sam’s Club.

Good grief, baby formula is expensive.  So are diapers.  And wipes.  But when I did the math, I found that Sam’s Club gave us the best bang for our buck when it came to buying formula … even after paying the membership fee.  I’m also using the membership to buy other baby items, such as diapers and wipes, as well as household products we need (e.g., toothpaste, toilet paper).

Sam’s Club may not be the best option for you.  But take a few minutes to do a little online research to see what is.  Compare the costs of Sam’s Club, Costco, and BJ’s.  Also look at Amazon Prime.  One of these options is likely cheaper than just buying at the grocery store or even Wal-Mart!

Note: One of my friends said she actually prefers Sam’s Club brand diapers to Pampers.  I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m sure I will at some point!

2. We got a Babies R Us rewards card.

In my opinion, there’s no reason not to get one of these cards.  It’s free, and you earn points each time you use it.  It’s not a credit card … it’s just a way to keep track of what you’re buying at the store.  And when you’ve racked up enough points, they send you coupons in the mail!

Also, every time you shop there, you get coupons printed with your receipt.  Keep those coupons!  I rarely shop at Babies R Us without a coupon, because I get so many with my purchases and in the mail!

3. We signed up for memberships on the Pampers and Similac websites.

On the Similac website, I just had to share my name and address.  Then I received free samples and great coupons in the mail! 

On the Pampers website, I enter a code every time I purchase one of their products.  Eventually, I’ll have enough points to earn some type of reward.  One con: they don’t offer free diapers as one of the “rewards!”  To me, that’s a little annoying.  I don’t want a magazine subscription or some other random prize … I want diapers! 

I’m sure you can also sign up for similar memberships on other formula/diaper brand websites, as well!  So if you don’t care what brand you use, sign up for all of them!

4. We bought “big ticket” items off of Craigslist.

Some of our more expensive items were bought for us as gifts.  But some we needed to buy ourselves.  So we turned to Craigslist for a steal of a deal! Winking smile

At the store, our jumper would have been around $100, but we got it for $40.

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And our high chair would have also been around $100, but we got it for $35.

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I wouldn’t buy every item we need from Craigslist.  But if I feel confident that it’s safe, a newer model, and comes with all of it’s parts, then I’ll buy it.  And of course, I make sure I clean it really well before Addie uses it!

5. We hit up consignment stores.

We have a really nice children’s consignment shop in our area, called Kid to Kid.  Not only can you buy some nice things from them, but you can also sell them your gently-used items.  I haven’t tried to sell anything yet, but I have bought some books for Addie.  And I plan to shop there for clothes and toys in the future.

6. We searched online for seasonal consignment sales.

Several churches in the area put on annual or semi-annual consignment sales, in which they sell lots of different baby items.  They sell anything from gliders, to strollers, to clothes, to toys and games.  You can find some amazing deals at sales like these.  Just do a little google searching for sales in your area!

So those are my tips!  I’m sure I’ll pick up more tips as Addie grows, and I’ll definitely share them with all of you.  But for now … who wants to share some of their own money-saving strategies?

Question for ya …

Please share any tips you have to save money on baby-relate items (or heck, adult items, too!)!

What did you do over the Labor Day weekend?

Addie tried solids for the first time!

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She also went in the nursery at church for the first time, and she did great! Smile



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21 Responses to Ways to Save Money on Baby Stuff

  1. Jenny Stockwell

    GMOM (Gwinnett Mothers of Multiples) Fall Consignment Sale is September 14th at Rhodes Jordan Park (gymnasium) in Lawrenceville. This sale is where I have gotten the majority of the boys’ toys!!

  2. Jenny Stockwell

    To be clear, multiples moms are the ones who sell; on Saturday anyone can shop. The sale is filled with stuff (most people are selling 2-3 of everything! LOL Cute clothes there too- the boys’ “dressy holiday clothes” are usually found here for a fraction of the cost. Can you tell I’m excited?!? :-)

    • notsodomesticated

      That is awesome!!! I have a baby’s birthday party to go to that day, but I might have to go hit up the sale first. Thank you for that tip!!

  3. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    These are great tips girl! In my area, the popular consignment shop for kids is called once upon. Child and I’ve heard there are some awesome deals to be had on basically brand new clothes! :)
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  4. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    These are great deals! I remember my mom always used to take us to Target and Kmart to buy clothes and now I understand why — kids grow so quickly, I have no idea how parents can afford to get everything from Baby Gap and The Children’s Place!

    I don’t have any tips, but I’m going to keep these in mind for when I have kids.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Um yeah, I don’t understand that either. I went in to those stores to look for things for Addie and couldn’t believe the prices … even the stuff on sale was too much for my budget!

  5. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Go Addie! I’m glad she’s doing well with solids and did great in Bloom! :)

    Great tips on saving money! We bought several things used – high chair, swing, furniture. It definitely saves a lot!
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  6. Heather Murphy

    I am all about buying second hand clothes for my son. Also, one of the biggest money saving things I have done was borrowing some of the big ticket items. Craig’s list is great too!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Borrowing is a great thing, too. I should have mentioned that. We borrowed a few things from a generous neighbor who has twins! ;)

  7. Christine

    Anytime I went to well-baby check up or visited the doctor for my little ones, I asked the doctor for a free sample of the formula we used. I usually left with 2 cans! They get sent the formula for free for patients to try. It was a great money saver.

    • notsodomesticated

      Love that! Thank you so much for the idea! My OBGYN actually had free samples, too!

  8. Jamie

    I love hitting up consignment sales for cute clothes and toys for Joey. I found the most adorable Elmo rolling suitcase at one a few months ago. He loves to pull it around :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Aww I love that! I found a gator backpack that I wanted to get Addie, but my husband wouldn’t go for it because I’m a Gator (UF) fan and he isn’t! ;)

  9. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    Great tips! Craigslist really is such an invaluable resource. I think borrowing or being given used baby items from friends is a great way to get things too! We have already have friends with children give us baby blankets and such, and we’re not even pregnant yet! Hoping that’s a good sign for the future!
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  10. Kathy

    We have a Kid to Kid near us too and I love that store! I agree on the Craigslisting big items too. I plan to look for a highchair and video monitor soon. We just bought a glider off CL last weekend. Did Addie like eating solids?
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    • notsodomesticated

      She did! I need to post the video soon. The first couple of times, she didn’t seem super interested. But today, she ate several spoonfuls both times I gave her solids. So I think she’s catching on! :)

  11. Karen

    I’ve had great success with Target brand (Up&Up) diapers and we actually use their brand of baby formula also. Our pediatrician said it was fine bc all formula needs to be screened by the FDA and it is pretty much the same as Enfamil/Similac etc. Also, I love consignment shops for baby stuff! We have a few around here and I can get barely worn Carter’s onesies for $1 each!

    • notsodomesticated

      I’ve heard the same thing about the generic formula. The only reason I’m nervous to try it is because we already use Similac, and I heard that changing from one brand to another can affect the baby. Did you experience this?

      • Karen

        We had no issues and we have a “happy spitter” so I was worried it would worsen the spit up but it didn’t. We were using enfamil and it says right on the Up&Up container which formula it compares too. So we use the yellow one bc it says “compare to enfamil premium infant” there is one that would compare to similac and it would say it right on the container. I’m assuming Sam’s Club brand would do the same. I mixed it half and half for a few days then switched over, I don’t think she even noticed. BTW we are on week 2 with no swaddle and she’s gotten back into her groove of 12 hour nights and her naps have gone back to the longer length. Now I’m waiting to see if the “4 month wakeful” happens. I’m holding my breathe, she’s 4 months 1 day lol.

        • notsodomesticated

          I like the idea of doing half and half of the formula initially. Thanks for the suggestion! Is the sleep still going well? We’re almost through her 4th month, and she hasn’t experienced the “wakeful” thing yet. I’m hoping and praying she won’t!

          • Karen

            Sleep is going great! Maybe we’ll both skip the wakeful nonsense. I’ve heard it usually starts around 3.5 months so fingers crossed! :)

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