July 11, 2016
When you’re preparing for a baby to come into your home, there’s a lot of purchasing decisions you need to make. From what he or she will sleep in to how you’ll deal with diapers, almost every aspect of a baby’s life will require you to buy some kind of product or gear that you don’t currently have. Because of this, pregnancy can be a very expensive time for expectant parents. So to help you minimize the amount of money you have to spend on your new little one, here are three ways you can save money on baby product purchases during pregnancy.
Take Advantage of Gift Registries and Baby Showers
Registering for baby products is a great way to get what you need without having to pay for it yourself. And the great thing about baby registries is that people love to purchase things for little babies. While you may feel uncomfortable asking for certain items or products through a baby registry, most people who want to get something for you and baby will appreciate you taking the time to outline what it is you want and need so they know their gift will be of use to you.
When creating your registry, be sure you organize your priorities wisely. TheBump.com gives some advice as to what not to include on your baby registry to ensure you actually receive things you’ll use once your baby arrives. Some of the items they suggest leaving off include shoes, wipe warmers, baby blankets and a changing table. While some of the items mentioned are just unnecessary, others will be given to you regardless of if you’ve registered for them or not, so make sure you make smart registering decision to make the most of your free baby gifts.
Make Gender Neutral Gear Purchases
To have an easier time adjusting to a new baby, there are a few bigger purchases you’re going to want to make. While these items do tend to be more expensive, Jennifer Saranow Schultz, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, states that by purchasing your big-ticket, higher quality baby gear items in gender neutral colors, you can use them for more than just one child, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Although you may not have a problem with your baby girl using something that’s traditionally thought of as a masculine color or your baby boy using something in a traditionally feminine color, it’s still a good idea to get some baby products, like car seats, in a higher quality so you can use it for multiple children and save yourself some money.
Keep Your Eyes Open For Sales and Coupons
Because stores and manufacturers know that expectant parents will be making a lot of purchases, you can almost always find some kind of deal, discount or coupon on baby products in an effort to get you to purchase other items from the same retailer. Knowing this, it’s a good idea to look for sales before you make any large baby purchases. Also, Consumer Reports shares that May tends to be the month when baby products are marked down the most, so you could also take advantage of this knowledge and make the majority of your purchases at this time to save money.
With the amount of money you’ll end up spending on your child in their lifetime, it only makes sense to save a few dollars here and there when you can. Use the tips mentioned above to keep your spending in check when preparing for your baby’s arrival.