Having a baby on a budget is not only possible – it’s easy! It’s all about figuring out what you need, what you want and what’s going to be a total waste of money.
Here are a few straight-forward tips for having a baby on a budget:
· Ask your family, friends and neighbours for hand-me-downs
· Use social media (especially Facebook buy / swap / sell groups)
· Invest in a Choice account to determine value for money and efficiency
· Ask other mothers what they DIDN’T need
· Avoid baby stores until you’ve got a definitive list of what you actually need
· Consider the space in your home as well as your storage capacity
· Resist the urge to ‘stock up’ on things you won’t need for months to come (particularly clothes and toys)
· Swap out expensive pram liners for terry-towelling nappies (they come in handy!)
· Do your research before any major purchases
· Come up with a savings plan and household budget before you finish work to ensure that any unexpected expenses can be catered for
Baby on a budget? It’s a thing!
It pays to be discerning. High-end baby stores are designed for expectant and excited first-time parents. You’ll find all manner of amazing gadgets that promise to make your life as a parent easier but, for the most part, they’ll probably sit unused in the corner gathering dust and reminding you of money you could have spent on something more worthwhile.
Being part of a community of mothers is an excellent way to get REAL advice instead of sales pitches. You’ll hear all kinds of stories about the things that you actually need – and when your baby is tiny, it’s not actually that much.
You can check about the best baby carriers, prams, bassinets and cots as well as the kinds of things you’re ‘told’ to get but never actually use. You need to sort the wheat from the over-priced chaff and stick firmly to your budget. Take advantage of sales but don’t go overboard with the ‘just in case’ purchases. If you need something after baby is born, the shops will still be open.
Careful planning during pregnancy, savvy purchasing choices and restraint when it comes to overly ‘cutesy’ items is the best way to ensure that you have your beautiful baby on a budget.