Today we have a guest post by HoustonNanny.com writer Stephanie Green. She shares some tips on how to save money while living through in the baby years.
Raising babies can be quite expensive. This expense can be compounded if your baby requires special needs such as specific formulas or develops allergies to specific materials. Luckily, there are ways that you can reduce the costs of raising your baby to make your financial situation more bearable. You don’t have to spend a small fortune in order to give your baby everything he or she needs.
1. Reusable Diapers – Before your baby makes it to the stage of using the potty on his or her own, the total cost for diapers could be in the thousands. For less than $20, you can get a supply of washable diapers that can be adapted to accommodate your growing baby. Many of these have a series of snaps and carefully developed materials that will allow your baby to continue using the same one until he or she is potty trained as they adjust in size. Wouldn’t $200 be more acceptable than $2,000 in diapers that will sit in a landfill for years to come?
2. Breastfeeding – If you can breastfeed your baby, it could save you a great deal of money. On average, a can of Similac or other brand formula can cost you more than $50. Although programs such as WIC can supply you with a few of these cans of formula, breastfeeding is a healthier and far cheaper way to raise your child. A great deal of health benefits come from nursing and you should consider it an option in order to provide a better way for your baby to gain sustenance. If you’re otherwise unable to breastfeed, consider using a breast-pump.
3. Used Items – Yard sales and thrift stores are excellent places to save money while buying baby clothes and other useful items. If you live near a more prestigious part of town, you can get top-notch brand name items for a fraction of what you could buy them for in the store. Websites such as eBay can also be a blessing when trying to buy specific baby items for cheap. As your baby will never realize the difference, what does it matter if an item is used or not? As long as it’s in reasonable and functional shape, the item could save you a great deal of money.
4. Dollar Store – Visiting dollar stores is another way you can save a great deal of money to buy the items you need for Baby. Whether it is clothing, toys, or feeding supplies these stores can make $20 go a long way. Don’t be embarrassed about living efficiently.
5. Buy in Bulk – You can save a great deal of money by using membership warehouses in order to buy in bulk. While these memberships could be roughly $50 per year, you will easily save more than that in the first couple of visits. Everything from clothing to food can be found at these outlets and you could save money in more areas than merely baby products such as shampoos.
As well as saving coupons, searching around your local area or online can help you find deals and discounts that can help your money stretch further. You don’t have to rely on social programs in order to keep your baby fed if you have a plan. Don’t be drawn into the glamor of capitalism – you really don’t need to spend so much money to make the baby happy and healthy.
Stephanie has many years of experience as a nanny. She has always loved children and has continuously been involved in childcare activities. Currently, she is one of the writers for houstonnanny.com. If you would like to get in touch with her, you can email her at stephanie (dot) houstonnanny (@) gmail (dot) com.