Clothes are relatively cheap. However the temptation is to buy tons of them, especially when you have a newborn. Buying clothes is a lot of fun. However because your kid grows like a weed, it’s better to just slow things down and buy a limited amount of clothing.
Swap clothes with friends and family
Unless you really want to buy new clothes, you can always get clothes from your friends who have babies and other children (especially if you reciprocate). In fact, there are whole websites dedicated to swapping clothes with each other. Furthermore as I mentioned before, your kid grows like a weed, what this means is that they will outgrow their clothes very quickly. The good news is is that you will likely have friends or family who have children about the same age or maybe older you can swap close with them or they can swap clothes with you.
Baby food. Make it your self.
Baby food is not cheap. It also isn’t very tasty either. Have you ever tasted it? You can take vegetables, fruit and whatever else you’re eating that evening and blend it. Then you can add spices and salt for flavor, I’m fairly certain that your child will enjoy that food a whole lot more then much of what is out there.
Just like clothes you can buy all kinds of other things at the secondhand store. Toys, beds, jackets and so on can be bought at the secondhand store. Children love getting new toys and you most likely enjoy saving money so this is an inexpensive way to surprise your children and stay on a budget.
Skip the accessories
As with many new parents, they tend run out and buy all kinds of stuff for their children, ranging from wet wipes warmer, baby diaper genie, bottle warmers, multiple jackets and other items. I mean, the list goes on and on and on. If you go to Amazon baby items I guarantee you can find over 1000 different things for your newborn. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy these, however if you’re looking to save money skip most of these items. I have four children I know for a fact that you only need a couple of very basic items to keep your child happy. (That would be a good post for another time)
Try baby wearing versus a stroller.
Strollers are pretty awesome, I believe we’ve had about six total. The biggest one we had was the equivalent of a warthog from the video game Halo. This thing had multiple bottle holders multiple pockets a total of eight wheels and could probably fit 3 to 4 children on it. The thing was pretty amazing, however it did not fit in the back of the car that we had. So, I would recommend trying baby wearing at least for the first couple of months. There are a lot of high quality slings and other baby carrying devices out there. It’ll keep your child warm comfortable and close to you. Because I know that many times, people will try to come up to your baby and try touching them. This is generally avoided when you baby carry.
This is a Warthog in all of its glory. Do you know how many babies and diapers it could hold?
Go to the grocery store.
When you have a new baby a lot of times the temptation to go hog wild with them. You want to take them to all kinds of educational places, the zoo, the museum and aquariam and so on, the reality is is that if you have the opportunity this is definitely a wonderful way to go. However if you are looking to save money, you can go with a big to the what, the grocery store and other public places and have your kid be entertained for hours and hours
Get a small car.
With four children, we realize that we needed to buy a minivan or some other kind of large vehicle to haul them in. So we ended up buying a minivan. We looked, minivans are really expensive even 5 to 10-year-old ones. If you have one or two children it would probably behoove you by a regular sedan or may be a little larger vehicle. The payments on one of those cars is nowhere near what you’re going to have on a minivan and the gas mileage is much better meaning that you’ll save money on that too. As much as a large vehicle is great over time a smaller vehicle will grow on you and you won’t even notice the difference.
This is my advice on how to save. I don’t do all of them, but looking back I wish that I had done some more them to save money. They may not make you a milionaire but then again every little bit helps.
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