5 Ways to Better Afford a Baby

A lot of us would love to have children someday. Although in order to do so, not only do we need to be settled down, but we also need a good income and some money saved up for the expenses that come along with it. Having a baby isn’t cheap these days, so whenever we can catch a break and save a few bucks, we should take it. Here are some tips that could help you save a great amount of money over time when you’re ready to have children.

Baby Supplies

Our children need several different baby supplies before we bring them home from the hospital. Everything from a car seat, crib and baby bottles are essential. One of the best ways to get your hands on these is by having a baby shower. People love baby showers and the opportunity to see everyone. So, for your first baby, throw a baby shower and save all the supplies for your next child (if you plan on having more than one).

Avoid

Although there are a lot of baby supplies you may need, you don’t need them all. Stores like Babies R’ Us can make you feel like you need so many things. Honestly, you just need the basic things like furniture, receiving blankets, baby bottles, and other items that you know for a fact your baby will need and use.

Food

Baby food doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, for the first year it can even be free! By doing things like breastfeeding as long as possible and by buying store brand formula instead of the top name brand, you can save thousands.

Clothing
Lets face it, our babies spit up, drool, spill and dirty up their clothes quite often. So what is the point in spending top dollar on fancy clothes that are going to get dirty and be grown out of in a few weeks? Buy your baby’s clothes at a re-sale shop or at a garage sale. You will be able to get so much more for your money, and you will have a lot more outfits to choose from.

Diapers

Diapers can be quite costly. In fact, you can easily spend a good 40 bucks each week on these silly things. Instead of throwing your money away with the disposable diapers, try using cloth diapers. These can be reused over and over. They are better for the environment and for your wallet.

As you can see, having a baby isn’t cheap. There are several things you need, yet several ways you can save. Learn how to stretch your dollar by using coupons, and by considering a few of these tips above.

This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris. Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat, a child car seat website that helps soon to be parents find the right car seat for their child, while giving them tips and advice on everything from pregnancy to caring for a baby.

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