When you bring home your new baby, the last thing you want to worry about is money, but money is a big concern for most families. Yet you can actually save money as a new parent by following these tips. You’ll discover that while babies cost a lot, your good money sense can help keep some of the expense in check! Try the following tips and see how much saving is possible with just a little bit of added effort!
Embrace the Art of Couponing
Perhaps you watched your parents clip coupons when you were a kid! Couponing is back and hotter than ever! Not only should you download great coupon apps to your smartphone, you should visit online coupon sites like SumoCoupon to save big on a myriad of items. While it may seem small to save fifty cents or a dollar here and there, those savings add up each year—substantially. Moreover, bigger coupons like “$5 off” can make a difference in your shopping bill. Try it for a month and add up all the savings you accumulate and decide for yourself how effective coupon use can be.
Accept Hand-Me-Downs and Shop at Thrift Stores
Hand-me-down items aren’t necessarily the raggedy items you think they might be! Children grow so fast that many garments remain in great condition. People enjoy giving their used items to people who will not only use them but appreciate them. Accept used coats, shoes, clothes, etc… and see how handy these items can be! Also, you can shop for apparel at thrift stores. You will be incredibly surprised at the great finds you see at a fraction of their original price. Many items will be in mint to acceptable condition. Simply bring the item home, launder it, and see how great it will enhance your child’s belongings!
Throw a Sip and See Party
You can throw a make shift type of shower when you throw a sip and see party. Invite people to come for tea and rolls and show off your new arrival! Few will come empty-handed and most people understand exactly what items new parents need to adequately take care of their baby. Expect gifts like sleepers, blankets, rattles, and more! Just take care not to spend too much on your party!
Stock Up on Sale Items
If you can, always stock up on items when they go on sale—especially if the discount is substantial! You know you’ll need diapers in various sizes as well as baby wipes, baby shampoo, and many other items you use daily. You can also buy other items on sale like clothing even in bigger sizes that you can store. When you shop the sales, your savings will add up over time.
Having a baby may be expensive, but there are many ways to cut costs. Use these tips and keep track of how much you save in a month, in a year! Be sure to share your experience with other new parents who may also be looking for great ways to save money!
RussellMatthews enjoys spreading the word about saving money. He loves sharing his best tips with other new parents on family blogs.