Save money on pregnancy and baby stuff!

16May10

Babies are EXPENSIVE!! But they don’t have to be!  Here are a few secrets on how to save money during pregnancy and childrearing.

There is so much to read up on! Instead of buying books, borrow them from the library.  You can search the catalog online, place books on hold to pick up.  You can also have books sent from any library in the Broward County system to your local library.  Any books that you find invaluable, you can always buy afterwards.

Borrow items from friends. If you know of any friends, family, church members, etc. who have recently had babies, ask if they have any stuff lying around that you can borrow!  Often time people don’t like to throw things away, but they would rather give them to another person who needs it.  Even if someone is planning to have more children, they may be willing to part with their bassinet if their child has already outgrown it.  Just remember to give it back once you are through!

Shop thrift stores and consignment stores. You can get lots of great items at half of what they cost in stores by shopping used.  Before you go however, check prices of items new in stores to make sure you’re getting a good deal! There are a ton of these around! Check my resource list for ones in Broward County.

I’ve saved the best for last:  Join your local Freecycle yahoo group (http://www.freecycle.org/).  People in your neighborhood who would like to get rid of their stuff post an “offer” on freecycle.  If you are interested, you reply back and go pick it up!  Over the past few years, I’ve picked up a bed frame, maternity clothes, bathroom rugs, a body pillow and given away countless items to others.   There are tons of baby and children’s clothes, toys, and books offered all the time!  I highly recommend using freecycle to people who want to save money by getting free stuff and clearing out clutter in your own home!

When my husband and I got married, I created a budget to make sure our wedding spending didn’t get out of control! I was surprised how well we were able to stick to that budget.  I hope to do the same with baby stuff (when the time comes, of course)!

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