Being pregnant can be an expensive time. Whether you’ve spent a small fortune on pregnancy vitamins and pillows, or you’re just unable to resist buying enough cute baby clothes to dress an army of newborns, it’s natural to be a little worried about money at this time. If you can save some money now, you’ve have some extra to get you started with covering the cost of a new baby to look after.
- Sign up for loyalty cards and clubs. Many stores have clubs for expecting mothers. Join as many as you can find to get store vouchers and other deals for all the baby essentials you’ll need. Sign up for store loyalty cards (the card where you earn points, not the credit kind) with baby stores and pharmacies. When you’re stocking up on vitamins and baby grows, earn points which you can save up to spend on baby essentials you’d be buying anyway.
- Rent instead of buy. If you’re considering expensive pregnancy tracker technology, see if you could rent it instead to save shelling out. Rent Bloomlife for better insight into your pregnancy without the cost of buying.
- If you’ve been given more newborn clothes than your baby could possibly wear, take a few items back and exchange them for the next size up. You’ll still be dressing baby in clothes chosen by loved ones, but you’ll get more use out of each item and have some clothes ready for when they start growing.
- Shop second hand. You can find lots of baby items, from clothes and toys to strollers and cribs in charity shops, and often in great condition. Ask friends with older children if they have still baby gear that they’re not using that they’d be willing to lend you too.
- Look out for offers on baby-safe washing powder and stock up. Having a baby means doing a lot of washing, so having some supplies in stock will help keep the costs down.
- Join your local library. You can check out all the pregnancy books you could possibly want for free, and then keep using the library later for books for baby. Lots of libraries also host groups for mothers and babies, so check out what sessions you could join with your little one to have fun for free and meet other moms.
- For big items, shop around for the best deals before you invest. Start in plenty of time so you can wait for sales or offers to buy big ticket items like strollers.
- Don’t skimp on the important things. There are some things you should always buy new for safety reasons. Buy new when you’re looking for a cot mattress, stair gate or car seat. You’ll be less likely to need to replace it, and you’ll feel better knowing it’s safe.
- Ask for useful gifts. If people ask what you’d like, ask for something practical that you’ll know you need, instead of cute things for baby. Ask for things like muslin clothes, nappies, baby formula and easy to take on and off onesies. Cute outfits are nice, but you’ll be grateful for the practical stuff when you’re short on cash.