Everyone tells you that children are expensive, and that’s certainly true over their lifetime. However, if you’re about to welcome a new baby into the family, the costs might not be as high as you think. You can spend a lot on a new baby, but it’s definitely not required. If you’re on a budget or you just want to avoid spending too much, there are techniques that you can use to save and still make sure you have the essentials for your baby.
Newborns don’t really need that many things, although they might need many multiples of the same items. As you prepare for your baby to arrive, try these ideas to do it on a budget:
Know Your Finances
Before your baby is due, make sure to take a good look at your finances. It’s important to know just how much money you have in your budget that you can use for your baby. As well as knowing how much money you have available, you have to decide how much you’re willing to spend. You might have plenty to spare but that doesn’t mean you want to spend it all.
Some of your spare cash might go into a savings account for your baby or something else. Set a monthly and yearly budget, as well as deciding how much you can afford for getting set up with your initial baby supplies.
Keep Your Nursery Minimal
Whether you’re setting up a nursery right away or your baby is going to be in your room for a while, you don’t have to rush out to buy everything you could possibly buy. Stick to minimalism so that you can avoid going overboard when you’re shopping for furniture and other essentials.
You can find plenty of tips for organizing a nursery even when you don’t have a lot of space to work with. There are some things that might be nice to have but aren’t necessities. A changing table isn’t a must, and you don’t have to have a rocking chair or swivel chair, even though it can be useful.
Make a List of Must-Haves
When you’re shopping for baby items, you need to decide what’s really essential and what’s just something that would be nice to have. This will help you to stick to a budget because you’ll avoid spending money on things that you might not even use. A bottle warmer might be handy but it’s definitely not an essential item. There are other ways to warm a bottle and bottles don’t even necessarily need to be warmed up. Speak to other parents about what they found most useful and the items that they bought but never used.
Go Reusable to Save Long-term
Reusable items can be very helpful if you want to save money. Instead of spending money every week, you can simply reuse the items that you already have. Instead of buying disposable nappies and wipes all the time, you only need to spend the money it costs to wash your reusable cloth nappies. As well as saving you money, it’s better for the environment.
Buying everything new doesn’t really make a lot of sense for many baby things. Some things should be bought new, such as car seats or other items where safety or hygiene is a factor. However, you can get plenty of things second-hand that will save you a lot of money and help you to take an eco-friendly approach too.
Your baby will grow out of clothes very quickly, so it makes sense to look for secondhand clothing. Ask friends and family if they have any you can have or look online to find free and cheap options. There are lots of websites and apps that you’ll find useful.
Share with Others
Sharing with other parents can be a great way to save money too. If you haven’t already, get connected with some other parents in your area. You can share certain equipment, swap clothing, and help each other to find bargains. You can also often save by getting group discounts on things or splitting the cost of certain purchases and activities.
This benefits you and the other parents, saving you all money.
Babies don’t have to cost the world. You can shop for your baby on a budget. Save money when your baby is a newborn and you could put more away for when you really need it later.
*Photos by Kelly Sikkema