1. Accept Hand-Me-Downs
Don’t be too proud to accept second hand goods, the money you save can be used to buy other baby products. Alternatively put the savings into a trust fund, your baby will be pleased you did when they turn eighteen.
2. Don’t Go On A Spending Spree
As tempting as it may be, it’s not a good idea. You are likely to receive many gifts after your baby is born, wait, and then buy extras when you can see exactly what you need. There are only so many babygros and towels your baby needs.
3. Bargain Hunt
4. Baby Basics
Buy your baby basics (vests, babygros etc..) from supermarkets. If you’re in the UK, Tesco, Asda and Sainburys do a great job of these.
5. One Pram Only
Buy one pram that adjusts for different ages.
6. Baby Food
Make your own. The cost of making your own is a fraction of what it costs to buy a jar, plus you know exactly what’s in it, and you can store it in smaller quantities, reducing wastage.
If you’re bottle-feeding use powder milk rather than ready-made. If you can breastfeed, do so (but only if you want to!)
8. Cheap Days Out
Don’t waste money on lavish days out that your baby won’t remember. Instead utilise museums and galleries with free entrance, save the big trips until your baby is at least a toddler and can take it in.
9. Call To Arms For Knitters
Ask knitters to knit blankets and jumpers, you could offer to provide the wool.
Buy a cheap microwave sterilizer rather than the fancy gadgets on the market, they do the same job and can’t break down.