Who doesn’t want the best for their newborn? If given a choice I’m sure that everyone would opt for the most top of the line products for their baby, right? But given the economic uncertainty that our nation is still undergoing, even if you’re able to comfortably purchase the best that money can buy, you may still want to find ways to tuck away some savings. That’s where this post comes into the picture. We’ll show you three ways to save money in your baby’s first year.
Contrary to popular belief there are types of generic baby products (aka Store Brands) that tend to match up well against national brands. These tend to be diapers, baby wipes, and infant formula. Some households who switched to these types of store brands have reported saving as much as 25% to 50% of what they would have spent had they gone with national brands. For example, I recently saw a 200 count package of Parent’s Choice Diapers at Wal-Mart being offered for $23.88. Compare that to a leading national brand whose 168 count pack of diapers was being offered at $33.50. Some parents estimate their babies go through 3,000 diapers in the first year (if not more). That’s a savings of over $240 (and 3 less trips to the store, too). Savings like this can make it well-worth it to go generic.
Hand Me Downs
There are several ways to save with hand me downs. The first is that as soon as you let your family and friends know the baby’s gender, in many cases, they’ll automatically begin offering you the clothes that their children wore when they were babies. If you work in a larger office, consider setting up a group or a box where parents can return and retrieve gently used baby clothes. Another thing that you can do is swap something no longer of value to you with someone who has baby clothes that they need. You can do this by hosting your own swap party or join an online swap site such as Swap Style or Rehash.
Usually when the word “consignment store” comes up we think of clothes that are either really worn or very dated. However, the fact of the matter is that if you really look around chances are that you will be able to find a number of gently used baby garments that are not only in good shape but that aren’t that old. But that’s not the only way that you can save money on your baby with consignment shops. Provided that they are still in good condition, you can also save lots of money by selling the clothes that your baby grows out of to your local consignment shop.
One more way that you can save money during your baby’s first year is by shopping at Rock Bottom T-Shirts. For example, you can find a long sleeve baby bodysuit on our website for just $4.99. Compare that to a leading national retailer whose similar long sleeve baby bodysuit retails for $14.50. That’s a savings of nearly 70% on a top quality item.
We’ve just seen four really easy ways that you can save money during your baby’s first year. If you put these strategies to use you can substantially cut back on spending and re-direct those savings to your baby’s education (or maybe something fun for mom and dad). Do you have any tips that you’d like to share on ways to save money in your baby’s first year? Comment below or post them on our fan page.