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Looking for cheap baby items and discount baby stuff to help you to lower your baby expenses and continue with cheap living even after the baby arrives?

If so, read on!

For moms, the most expensive thing that you will ever acquire is your child.

If you already have a child, you are well aware of the baby expenses that you will face once your bundle of joy arrives.

If, however, you are a first time mom or it has been a while since you had a baby, let's discuss some of the biggest baby expenses and some ways that you can save money on each of these things.

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Cheap Baby Items: Formula

Formula can easily run you at least $1,000 over the first year of your child's life. And if you have to use a special kind, then that figure will be significantly higher. However the discount baby stuff, fortunately, does not exclude formula. Below are some tips on how you can reduce the first of your baby expenses.
  1. Breastfeed. Breastfeeding is the only truly free way to feed your child. When you take into account the significant health benefits, it is no surprise that many moms (from a variety of background) are now turning back to the practice of breastfeeding their children. If you are nervous about breastfeeding, most hospitals these days have a lactation consultant who is there to answer all of your questions and even help you and your child to master the art of breastfeeding before you leave the hospital. You can even come back if you come across any problems.

  2. If you are unwilling or unable to breastfeed for whatever reason, another cheap living option would be to acquire a breast pump and feed your child that way. This is what many working moms are doing. They pump and store their milk so that their child can have access to it even when the mom is not physically present. Some may argue that the costs of this method are also expensive, citing the fact that you have to buy the pump, nursing bras or nursing pads, bottles, and storage bags. However, most hospitals will provide you with a free pump at the hospital if you let them know you intend to breastfeed. You also have the option of applying for a free electric breast pump through your local WIC office.

  3. If you decide to forego any type of breastfeeding, then there are still ways that you can save money on formula. One way is to apply for WIC. If you qualify, you will be eligible to receive vouchers for baby formula. The number of cans you can receive will be dependent on whether or not you will be breastfeeding in addition to bottle feeding. It will also change as your child grows. The WIC office provides enough formula to last your child for an entire month and you receive the vouchers every 3 months.

  4. Another option for discount baby stuff is to sign up for coupons and other freebies from Enfamil, Gerber Goodstart, and Similac. When you do this, you will receive coupons in the mail for formula. The coupons are generally for amounts between $3-$7, but I have seen some for as much as $15. Either way, they help you with these baby expenses.

  5. For more info on saving money on formula, check out the page Save on Baby Formula

Cheap Baby Items: Food

Another of the major baby expenses is baby food. Here are some tips on how you can save money in this area.
  1. The most obvious option for saving money on food would be to make your own. Let's face it, prepackaged baby food is fairly expensive. However, if you have a few basic kitchen tools ( such as pots, pans, a blender, and ice cube trays) you can make and store your own baby food right at home. And the best part is that you are not only saving money, but you are feeding your baby healthy meals that you know are healthy because you know exactly what is in them. For more info on making your own baby food, check out the page Save on Baby Food

  2. Even if you are intent on buying prepackaged foods because of their convenience, you may want to consider buying the non baby versions of some things. For example, baby food items such as oatmeal, rice, pasta, vegetables, some snacks (like the fruit bars) and fruit juices are often more affordable if you buy the non-baby versions of them. Basically, the same ones that you would buy to prepare for the rest of the family.

Cheap Baby Items: Diapers

Another of the major baby expenses that can pose a threat to your cheap living is diapers. The average newborn can use 6-8 diapers a day. That's a lot of diaper to go through in a month. Here are some tips on how you can save money on diapers.
  1. Make your own cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are becoming more and more popular as people become more concerned about the environment and the impact they have on it. It is also popular among frugal moms who realize that it can save them a lot of money. The most frugal (and crafty) of us can even make our own with a bit of fabric and know how. For info on how to make your own cloth diapers, check out the page Save on Baby Diapers

  2. If you aren't crafty but are interested in using cloth diapers, you can always buy them. The initial cost of the cloth diaper system may be pricey, but you will save a lot more money in the long run.

  3. If you are not interested in cloth diapers (some people do not like the clean-up factor associated with cloth diapers) then there are still ways that you can save money on them. First of all…coupons! Not only can you look for coupons in your local newspapers and store ads, but you can sign up for email and mail notifications from the various diaper companies. They often send out coupons to their customers. Some diaper companies also have rewards programs that will reward you with points for each diaper purchase that you make. These points accumulate and you can redeem them for products and/or prizes.

  4. Another way to save money on disposable diapers is to buy them online. Amazon and eBay are both great sources for cheap and discounted diapers. Amazon even has a program called Amazon Moms that will allow you to set up an autoshipment of diapers, with free diapers. So you are less likely to have to make last minute diaper runs and don’t even have to worry about shipping costs.

Cheap Baby Items: Wipes

You can also save money on wipes by making your own! And the process is really quite simple and the ingredients are things you probably already have in your kitchen and bathroom. To see some easy recipes for making your own wipes, check out this page: Save Money on Baby Wipes: Make Your Own



Cheap Baby Items: Baby Gear

When it comes to baby gear, people (especially salespeople) will tell you that you need a hundred and one things. In reality, most of the things that people tell you that you need are merely options. That is my first tip.
  1. Don't put the entire store on your registry. Just get the essentials. You will definitely need diapers and wipes and clothes and food. A wipes warmer...not so much. There are quite a few things that, if you think about it, you will realize are not necessary. So my advice is to have a discerning eye and ask yourself - do I REALLY need this? That practice alone can save you a lot of money. And space.

  2. I say it a lot and I will say it again...buy used! There is nothing wrong with buying gently used items. Especially when it saves you a lot of money. Whether you get these items from a friend or family member, find it at a yard sale/thrift store, or buy it online, all that matters is that it is clean and safe (definitely be sure to check that any item you buy has not been recalled.)

  3. If you are crafty, you can put your talent to use by making baby items that you may otherwise have to pay for. For example, blankets are something that you will use both indoors and outdoors. If you are handy with a needle and thread, you can save yourself some money by cranking out homemade quilts yourself. And your only expense would be for the material.

  4. Another way to save money on baby gear is to buy items that will grow with your child. Some examples are convertible cribs, convertible high chairs, and convertible car seats.

  5. You can also save money by purchasing items that are multifunctional or that have 2-in-1 features. For example, swings that do double duty as rocking chairs or infant seats (there are even some that do all three!) or the travel stroller which includes a stroller and an infant car seat.

  6. For more info on saving money on baby gear, check out the page Save on Baby Items

Cheap Baby Items: Clothes

When you are preparing for a baby, you may be tempted to go overboard on buying clothes. You buy everything that you can get your hands on that looks cute. Doing this can result in you spending a lot of money on clothes that your child may never even wear.

It may not seem like it, but babies grow fast. They may not wear 0-3 month clothes for the full three months. And some babies are on the larger side when they are born. Imagine paying hundreds of dollars for newborn sized clothes and then having a baby that is 9 or 10 pounds at birth. There are several ways that you can save money on clothes for your little bundle of joy.
  1. Friends and family members are a great source of free and cheap baby clothes. And I'm not even talking about the baby shower. If you have family members or friends who have had a baby in the past couple of years, chances are they may have held on to some of their baby's clothes. Ask around to see if anyone is willing to pass those clothes on to you for free or for a cheap price. Typically (unless they are holding on to them for a special reason) friends and family are more than happy to help you prepare for your baby. Especially since it would help them to clear out space in their home.

  2. Another option you have would be to buy used clothes. You can do this in a variety of ways. You can use Craigslist to find other families in your area that are trying to sell baby clothes. In order to save money doing this, seek out people who are selling lots of clothes at a reasonable price. It is much better to pay $50 for an entire wardrobe than to pay $20 for a few items.

    Also make sure they will let you look through the clothes before you buy them. Although most people are trying to make an honest profit by selling their gently used clothes, it is better to know what you are buying beforehand rather than being disappointed afterwards. After all, Craigslist does not offer a satisfaction guarantee. You can also find used clothes at yard/garage sales, online yard sales, and at places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

  3. Yet another option would be to utilize Freecycle. Freecycle is a website that allows people to give away and request free items. People often post when they are giving away clothes that their children no longer wear. You are also able to post that you need clothes (including specifics such as size, gender, and season requirements). If any Freecycle member in your area has what you need, they will email you to arrange pickup. As with Craigslist, you should always practice caution when meeting with people that you contacted online. Whenever possible meet them in public places.

  4. Another option would be to check out consignment events. These events are where other parents bring in all of the children related items they no longer need (that are still in great condition) and sell them for very reasonable prices. A lot of moms wait for these seasonal sales to stock up on clothes, toys, books, shoes, baby gear, and even some things for themselves. Usually if you consign some of your things you get an early shopper pass so you can get snag some of the best deals before the event officially starts. Also, you will likely sell some of your things, so you end up getting back some, most, or all of the money you spent during the sale. Definitely something worth checking out.

  5. Another thing to keep in mind is that seasonal clothes go on sale once the season is over. This is a great time to stock up on clothes for when the season rolls back around the next year. So if you have a 2 year old now, at the end of the season you could hit up the clearance racks for 3T clothes.

Cheap Baby Items: Toys

Every parent wants their child to be safe and happy. We often equate how happy they are (at least partially) with the number and type of toys that they have. But if we were to buy every toy that we think our baby would enjoy, we would probably go into debt. Here are some tips on how you can populate your child's play area with a nice stash of toys and gadgets without breaking the bank.
  1. Friends and family can be a great source of free toys for your baby. Ask around to see if any of them have any toys or games lying around the house that they don't need and that they would like to get rid of. Just make sure that you clean the toys before giving them to your child to play with since babies put everything in their mouth.

  2. Buy Used - Another way to get some great toys for a discounted price would be to check out resources for used items. As mentioned above, some great resources for buying quality used items would be Craigslist, yard/garage sales, consignment events, and stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

  3. Another way to save money is to focus on sales and places that are known for having low price tickets such as your local dollar stores. You should also keep an eye out for good sales and clearance items. Another great way to stock up on toys is to hit up post-holiday or end of the season sales. For example at the end of summer, you could stock up on summer toys for the next year.

  4. Last, but not least, there are plenty of resources for you to utilize during your pregnancy. For info on how you can get your hands on some free pregnancy items, visit the page Free Pregnancy Stuff

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