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!
At the store, our jumper would have been around $100, but we got it for $40.
And our high chair would have also been around $100, but we got it for $35.
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!
She also went in the nursery at church for the first time, and she did great!