Advice / Mom

Money Saving Ideas

Having kids is expensive, here are some of the things we have done to help save money:

Get everything used.  Scour sites like eBay, and Craigslist.  Save searches to send you notifications when the things you are looking for are listed.  Both eBay and Craigslist have great apps, too.  If you have time to look in thrift stores and consignment stores those can be good.  Also check yard sales.
Borrow.  Don’t be afraid to ask around to see if anyone you know has stuff stuck in storage.  Things like pack and plays, swings,  and exersaucers are space hogs and not used for too long.
Don’t buy unnecessary items.  See my other post about specifics, but things like designer clothes, wipe warmers,  and baby shoes are a waste of money.
Only buy clothes on sale.  You will be tempted to buy the latest and greatest for your tiny one, but those clothes will be on sale in about 2 months so shop off the sale category, I love to shop sales at Carters, Gap, Old Navy and J. Crew.
Amazon Prime.  Save money, gas and time by using Amazon Prime.  The membership is $80 which is well worth it for free shipping on almost everything you will need for baby.  It’s a good place for bulk diapers and wipes as well.
Banana Republic Credit Card.  If you get this card and spend $800 across all their sites (Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic,  Athleta and Piperlime) in a year, every order will have free shipping.  You can buy a $3 shirt at Old Navy with free shipping.
Multiple Uses.  Choose items that have a longer life span or convert to something for an older baby.
Re-Sell.  After you are done with your item, sell it on eBay or Craigslist and recoup some of your money.  You are better off buying brand name clothes if you are going to resell them.  Items from Target or Walmart do not have much resale value on eBay.
Save it.   If you are planning on having more than one, save your stuff.  You will be sorry if you have gotten rid of everything and have to do it all again.

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