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Are you pregnant, already have a little one at home or are starting to think about having your first one? Whichever is true, Congratulations! I know that you already are, or will be, an awesome mom!

Did you know that a baby cost about $10,158 and that’s only in its first year of life? And raising a child to the age of 18 will cost you about $245,000. That’s a lot of money!

Having a baby is exciting, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. There’s a lot of preparation that’s needed, and it can get expensive really fast. But luckily, there’s a bunch of ways that you can save money and have a baby on a budget.

Here you will find 17 money-saving tips for new moms and another 10 ways to get some free stuff. And when I say free, I mean free. There’s a lot of places on the web where you can get ”free” stuff, but where you’ll have to pay for shipping. These 10 places that I’m recommending here are totally free.

 

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17 Money-Saving Tips For New Moms 

1. Buy Secondhand

I know that you already know that buying secondhand is a great way of saving money. It might not always be fun to buy used clothes or toys, but one other perk that you might not have thought about is that all the toxins from the fabrics have already been washed away.

 

2. Wait for Sales

Try to plan ahead and buy things that are on sale. Buy next year’s winter clothes when they’re on sale in January and summer clothes when they’re on sale at the end of summer. This is especially easy when you’re purchasing clothes for yourself (since you’re done growing) or younger children that follow the growth chart.

 

3. Don’t Buy Baby Shoes

Baby shoes might be cute and all, but your baby won’t be able to walk until he or she’s almost a year old. And you have no idea what size you baby’s feet will have by then, so there’s no idea to invest in shoes until they’re really needed.

 

4. Use Cloth Diapers

Your baby will go through about 2500-3000 diapers in the first year. That $550 on diapers alone. But if you decide to invest in 20 cloth diapers instead of disposables, you’ll end up with spending $350-$400 for the first whole year.

 

5. Save or Sell

Are you planning on siblings in the next couple of years? Then save as many things as you can (and if you have the storage for it). Otherwise, sell it! Sell things by season cause nobody wants to buy winter clothes in the middle of summer.

 

 6. Make your own baby food (and yours too!)

Making your own baby food is a bit time consuming but you will be able to control the ingredients that your baby will eat, and you’ll save $0,46 per serving. Invest in a Baby Food Maker or a hand blender and start making baby food. And while you’re at it, cook your own food too instead of eating out.

 

7. Breastfeed

Breastfeed as long as you can. This will save you $60-$100 per month. If you can’t or don’t want to breastfeed, buy Gerber Good Start Gentle Powder Infant Formula which is a great formula if you’re on a budget.

 

8. Don’t Buy a Baby Bathtub

A baby tub might come in handy sometimes, but it really isn’t necessary to have one. Your baby can take baths in your sink instead (or even in a big bowl!).

 

9. Use Coupons

Scour the web and newspaper for coupons and great deals. The Krazy Coupon Lady and Coupons are two places for you to start looking for coupons.

 

10. Don’t Buy Too Much in Advance

There’s no need to start bulking up on things that you don’t know that you will use in advance. Don’t buy an expensive breast pump before you know if you’ll want to breastfeed (and even after that, there’s no way of knowing if you’ll need one) or a lot of pacifiers before you know which ones your baby will like.

 

11. Bulk Up

When you’re sure of what kind of diapers, formula or wipes you’ll use, bulk up! Most items are cheaper to buy in bulk, and you can save tons of money by checking the cost per unit or buy on sales.

 

12. Be a Stay-at-Home Mom

A study made by Salary.com showed that a stay-at-home mom should earn $115.000 while moms that worked outside the home estimated salary was $39.763. If you can afford to be a stay-at-home mom, you’ll easily save $11,666 a year, cause that’s how much daycare will cost you.

 

13. Don’t Buy Expensive Toys

Buying your baby cute toys is a lot of fun. But you know what, my babies have always preferred lids or homemade sensory bottles.

 

14. Cosleep

Research has shown that co-sleeping did not increase the risk of SIDS unless the mom was a smoker or abused alcohol. So by sharing a bed with your baby, you’ll be able to save tons of money on cribs, bassinets, and linens.

 

15. Buy a Convertible Crib

If you still feel that you want your baby to sleep in a crib, invest in a convertible. A convertible crib will last longer since you can convert it to a toddler bed, daybed, or a full-size bed with headboard or plus the footboard.

 

16. Expensive is Sometimes Better

More expensive doesn’t always mean better quality. But it can sometimes mean higher second-hand value. When choosing, i.e. a stroller, it can be better to choose a well-known brand instead of choosing an inexpensive one. The quality might be better, but you can also more likely sell the stroller for a higher price.

 

17. Freecycle

Freecycle is a nonprofit movement of people who are giving away stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers, and it’s free to sign up.

 

 

Give Me The Free Stuff!

1. Enfamil Formula

Join the Enfamil Family Beginnings program and receive up to $325 in free gifts for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, baby’s first year and into toddlerhood.

 

2. Aeroflow Diaper Club

Get a free sample of diapers at the Aeroflow Diaper Club. You’ll also receive free wipes for the first month if you sign up for their service.

 

3. Amazon Baby Registry Freebie

Create an online Amazon Baby Registry and spend at least $10 on any one item from my registry (like diapers!), then log back into your Amazon Baby Registry and select your free welcome box.

 

4. Similac

Sign up for the Similac StrongMoms Rewards program and receive customized benefits, free gifts and exclusive savings.

 

5. Imagination Library

If you’re lucky, you might be entitled to 60 children’s books (sent over 5 years) from Dolly Partons Imagination Library. It depends on if someone has volunteered to bring the program to your city.

 

6. Kindle Books

There’s a bunch of free kindles books out there, and here you can find the top 100 free Childrens’ e-books.

 

7. Gymboree

Get two free Play & Music classes, 20% discount for Gymboree clothing stores and more by printing this coupon.

 

8. Store Brand Formula

Get free baby formula sweepstakes from Store Brand Formula and compete for free baby formula valued at $160 and a free iPad Mini valued at the same time.

 

9. American Baby Magazine

Get a free subscription to American Baby Magazine. Every issue provides make-sense advice for your little one, plus our All About Mom section takes care of all your health and wellness needs.

 

10. Parents

Get a one-year subscription to Parents. The magazine’s editorial focus is on family formation and growth including the daily needs and concerns of modern mothers.

Let’s chat down below! What’re your best Money-Saving Tips for New Moms?

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