Having a baby can get pricey. Are you trying to save money while pregnant? Here are a few tips:
Throw a baby shower!
A baby shower is about the celebration of the future baby. Friends and family “shower” you with gifts for your baby, which can save a ton of money. Worried about getting things you don’t like? Make a registry so people buy what you want, instead of what they want.
Look online or in stores at Macys, Babies R Us, and any other baby store, chances are they have a registry option to make things easier for you, and your guests.
Check out these clothing hacks!
Instead of buying a new wardrobe of maternity clothes, keep in mind that a pregnancy doesn’t last forever, and you may not be wearing them again for a long time, if ever. Here’s some ideas for buying cheaper clothes instead of new maternity outfits:
- Buying a sports bra that’s a few sizes too big can save you money instead of the alternative pregnancy bra.
- Investing in a belly band allows you to wear regular pants without having to button or zip them!
- Second-hand pregnancy clothes are a great deal because they can only be worn, and only have been worn, a few weeks. No need to stock-up, just to throw it out later.
Try to stay away from expensive things!
Babies grow fast! When tempted to buy expensive fur booties that will look adorable on your baby’s little feet, just remember how quickly a baby grows, and how little use they will get. If you stick to bargain shopping as much as possible, it will save money, and you may even find some great stuff that won’t put a hole in your wallet, but will look cute on your baby.
Start a coin jar!
Try to save coins, and maybe even a few extra dollars, in a jar. If you don’t touch it until post-pregnancy, it’ll be a surprise how much money is there, and will come in handy when you start buying diapers, bottles, and wipes.
Consider more reusable products!
It’s best to start small, with reusable water bottles, which save money compared to buying disposable ones each week. You can even buy reusable K-Cups, to save money on decaffeinated coffee or tea and buy a whole can, instead of a few cups. Just like the coin jar, this can add up over nine months, and could even create some earth-friendly habits for the future.
Pack a lunch!
Try to skip going out for lunch a few times a week. Instead, bring some leftovers from dinner the night before, or make a sandwich at home. It’ll add up, and might even be a healthier alternative to eating-out every day. Meal prepping and packing a lunch at night will not only save time in the morning, but make you less tempted to buy lunch.
It’s best to start small and work your way up to big savings. But if you’re truly passionate about saving money throughout pregnancy, start incorporating a few of these tips into your life and see what happens. It can’t hurt to try!