Note from Rebecca: Today’s guest post on money-saving tips for expectant parents comes from Emily Graham over at Mighty Moms. Check it out to find awesome tips on planning for baby on a budget.
Hey Glowing Mama!
If you haven’t been reminded countless times already or at least experienced a moment of panic over it, then you’re already well aware that having a baby is expensive.
Bringing a new life into the world is a wonderful thing, but how can you manage it from a financial standpoint?
If crunching numbers has you worried, the following budget-friendly pregnancy tips should help alleviate some of the stress.
Don’t Create a Pinterest-Worthy Nursery
Okay, so it’s a ton of fun browsing all the nursery ideas and themes on Pinterest, but designing one of your own is expensive and will definitely eat into your budget.
Though your baby needs a nursery, it’s common (and completely normal) for expectant moms to do a double take when they see the price tags on nursery items.
Keep nursery prices down by shopping second-hand via consignment stores, yard sales, and eBay. Look for things you can DIY such as bookshelf you can turn into a changing table (follow along with a tutorial) or convertible items such as a crib.
Ask for the Right Baby Shower Items
The baby shower gift registry shouldn’t be the place to go overboard with unnecessary and lavish items.
Instead, fill it with things you actually need.
If you aren’t sure what to ask for, check out this list of essential items courtesy of Rookie Moms. You’ll find that a lot of the baby items you get will wind up packed in the diaper bag, so don’t forget to ask for some non-essential (but necessary) items, too. Kindred Bravely recommends hand sanitizer, hair ties/bobby pins, a portable phone charger, and snacks.
Don’t be afraid to ask for gift cards, too, whether it’s to a local retailer or Starbucks. If this isn’t your first baby and you don’t feel comfortable expecting a baby shower, opt for a baby sprinkle instead.
You’ll get to celebrate the arrival of a new baby while still stocking up on essentials like diapers, wipes, clothes, toiletries, etc.
Save Money on Feedings
One thing your baby will do a lot of is eating, so finding a way to save here is crucial.
If you choose to breastfeed, you’ll find that the savings are paramount. You’ll likely receive most of the breastfeeding essentials you need such as pumps, nursing pillows, and covers at your baby shower. Plus, once you add up the cost of formula, bottles, and the whole milk switch, the total cost of bottle-feeding can skyrocket to $2,700.
However, breastfeeding isn’t right for every mama, and some choose not to. Thankfully there are ways to save on formula, too – just use a savings guide from Penny Pinchin’ Mom with suggestions such as coupons, buying in bulk, and using store brands.
Once your baby transitions to solids, you can ramp up the savings by making your own baby food using organic ingredients.
Consider a Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are growing in popularity—with some of the most common being for food, fitness gear, and beauty—but did you know there are also pregnancy subscription boxes?
Whether you invest in one yourself, add it to your baby registry, or casually suggest it as an awesome gift to your parents or best friend, you’ll find they come with plenty of great goodies.
For example, Bump Boxes come with items specific to your due date such as nausea bracelets, organic body creams, and lactation teas. Le Tote Maternity is a good one too, enabling you to rent maternity wear so that your closet doesn’t get filled with clothes you only wear for a few weeks.
A new baby is a great joy, but there’s no avoiding the simple fact that there will be plenty of expenses. Luckily there are ways to successfully rock a baby bump on a budget.
The above tips are just a few to get you started, and as you go, you’ll find that your budget-friendly mentality has you harnessing the power of your pregnancy brain to pinch those pennies.