20 Ways to Save Money on a New Baby

No matter if you are a married couple or a single parent, saving money on a new baby can make a big difference on your finances. There are a lot of ways that you can save money on a new baby. Some are obvious, and others you may have to work at, but all of these can save money on a new baby.

  1. Breastfeed if you can, if not look at ways to save on formula. You can go to the manufacturers web site to sign up for free samples and coupons, choose a generic formula, or check with your local WIC office to see if you can qualify for assistance.
  2. Use cloth diapers if you do not mind cleaning them. If that is not an option for you, look for sales and coupons. Diapers are one of the biggest costs, so you have to find the best deal in order to save money.
  3. Have a baby shower to receive gifs and necessities for your new baby. Be sure to register so your guests will know what you need and would like.
  4. Find places to register that you can get free samples. I know that Babies R Us and Target does, but unsure of other retailers. Anything free is a good way to save money on a new baby.
  5. Return baby shower items that you do not need as soon as you can. Even if you only get store credit for items, you can still use that money on something that will be useful for the baby.
  6. Sign up for manufacturers sites for baby products. Most of these sites such as Proctor and Gamble, Similac, Enfamil, Gerber, Pampers, and many more will send you free samples and money saving coupons to help you save money on the new baby.
  7. Ask your Doctor and hospital for samples. Most have samples available, but only give them out when they are asked. Some have been known to give quite a bit of formula, and even diaper bags.
  8. Instead of paying a lot for new mommy classes, birthing classes, or breastfeeding classes look at your local government offices or hospitals to see if they have free classes. I have noticed that there is a wide variety of places to get free information, without paying a fortune on the classes.
  9. Purchase second hand baby items, or accept hand me downs from friends and family. Babies grow out of there toys, clothing, and other items very quickly so second hand baby items will not be overly used. These items clean up very well, and will save a lot of money on a new baby.
  10. If you are going to purchase items before the baby is born you should be sure to buy a variety of sizes. This is more for clothing and diapers of course. Your baby will be growing fast and will not wear the smaller sizes for long, so don’t over purchase on the same sizes.
  11. Keep receipts and tags for everything you purchase. You may thing you will need it, but if you do not you will be able to return it and get your money back.
  12. Watch your sales papers and coupons every week to find the best deals on everyday baby items. Comparison shopping can save you hundreds of dollars a year, and it is easy to do once you get used to it. Using coupons on the same baby items can save you even more on your new baby. Example: I recently received a free umbrella stroller for purchasing items that were on sale at CVS, and used coupons so I spend $25 and received more than $45 worth of baby items.
  13. Purchase items in bulk and sign up for a warehouse club if you can. I have notice that at Sam’s and Costco diapers and formula can be purchased in bulk, and costs quite a bit less per unit than when you buy smaller packages.
  14. Try generic brand items for your baby. The generic brands are held to the same standards as the name brands, but cost quite a bit less.
  15. Always watch the clearance sections in local retail stores. You can find great buys at almost all of the retails stores if you keep a watch.
  16. Skip the shoes until the baby can walk. Baby shoes are expensive, and not needed. You can purchase little booties for a couple of dollars, and they work much better.
  17. Make your own baby food. Making your own baby food can save money on your new baby, and it is actually healthier for your baby.
  18. Instead of purchasing the bottle sanitizer, use a pot of boiling water like your mom used to. It is not very hard, and it is much cheaper that the other items.
  19. Watch for ways to save money, not necessarily time. There is so many baby items that does help you save a little time, but does that time cover the cost that it takes? Most of them do not. Saving money on the new baby may be more important that saving a few seconds.
  20. Think carefully about your child care. Child care takes a large portion of parent’s earnings, especially when the baby is fairly young. Before deciding on putting your child in daycare, think about other options that you may have. Is there relatives or friends that may be able to care for the baby? Can you rearrange your work schedules so one parent can be there at all times? Is there another family in your neighborhood that you may be able to do child care swaps? These are just a few things to think about. You do not want to spend more than you have to on child care.