We have always been budget minded. Whether it’s due to the “rich one day poor the next” lifestyle we’ve occasionally had, who knows. But I’ve gotten to a point where I’m almost paranoid about our budget. (“Almost” being a euphemism for VERY!) So, as you can imagine, being able to make sure that even with the baby on the way I’m looking for ways to save.
Not only is this AMAZING for the baby, it’s also good for mom, (reduces changes of breast cancer as well as postpartum depression) as well as for the wallet! I just need to be sure I eat well, and I can feed my baby for free.
I’ve found that co-sleeping helps both the baby and I sleep more! (And Daddy of course too!) In addition, no need to buy anything extra as far as sleeping arrangements; no crib or bassinet, no baby bed sheets…
This one we haven’t done before, but will be for this baby. I’m looking into all kinds of ways to help this be even MORE cost effective, including
used “Pre-loved” diapers, as well as the possibility of making our own.
So far, I’ve searched craigslist (see below), and found some that will help us get through a while for only $50. When adding up how much this would have cost otherwise we saves about 75%!
I’m also keeping an eye on craigslist for some of the stuff that I know we’re going to need, including things like a car seat, clothes… We found our car seat on craigslist, as well as diapers, (see above). We were able to get a gently used car seat for only $35, and it retails for about $200!
As I said, I’m looking into making our own diapers and/or covers. I’m also looking into making our own babywearing stuff! I’m also looking into what else I can make myself. (Which leads me back to needing craigslist for getting a sewing machine!)
So far, a lot of the clothes we have for the baby are from the thrift store. We were able to get about 15 outfits for $30. And as the baby grows, I can gift out the clothes and hit the thrift stores again for a great deal.
We’ve gotten some of our stuff by gifting as well. Family and friends are passing along what they no longer need. And some, like my mom, has bought us some stuff new that she wanted to be sure that we’d have… It’s not something that I would, (or do) count on… but it sure is nice getting presents!
and some of the stuff has been bought on a whim, as it was on sale and I just couldn’t resist! Like I found a deal for a nursing pillow, where you only needed to pay shipping and handling… I know I’m going to want this, and paying $13 is better then the $45 price tag I’ve seen in the stores… though I might have been able to find it cheaper on someplace like craigslist.