I am not the best when it comes to saving money – I’m more of an “impulse” shopper. I see something I like, I grab it. I even justify it in my mind too. “Oh that is a really cute pair of pants. I have 21 other yoga pants that I can alternate every day for 3 weeks, but I don’t have THIS colour”. Lucky for me, I have a great hubby who balances me out and helps control my spending (or allows me to justify my spending appropriately – I just got a new camera for blogging as an EARLY Birthday/Christmas present – My birthday is the end of November). But having a baby changes things. Having a baby is expensive. It requires time for budgeting, time for meal planning, and time for spending. I’m very fortunate that Clare from Budget Mums offered to share her top tips on saving as a new mum, and although I have tried a couple of these, I know we have a long way to go. Thanks for sharing, Clare! x
Becoming a Mum is such an exciting time in your life, but it can also be quite expensive. Considering how tiny babies are they sure do seem to need a lot of equipment! Nappies, bibs, dummies, lotions and potions, somewhere to sleep, blankets, a pram, a high chair, feeding equipment, and that’s just for the first year! To help cut some of the costs, I’ve put together a list of 5 ways new mum’s can save.
Babies grow quickly. So quickly that they quite often outgrow things before they’ve even had a chance to use them. This means you can usually find second-hand baby gear for sale in near new condition. Keep your eye out on Local BSS groups and check classified sites such as eBay or Gumtree for clothing or toy bundles, bouncers, or even big items like cots and change tables. Buying these things second-hand can save you a small fortune. Also, make sure to sell anything you do decide to purchase brand new once you are done with it, to recoup some of the money you paid.
While cloth nappies come with quite a large initial outlay, they can save you plenty of money in the long run, especially if you use the one size fits most type. Like most baby stuff, you can also cut costs further by purchasing them second-hand. Even when you factor in the cost of washing them (water/power for the washing machine, and detergents), the cost of cloth nappies just doesn’t compare to that of disposable nappies.
Make your own baby food
Cooking up your own fruit and vegetable purees works out much cheaper than buying the packaged versions from the supermarket. They are also generally much healthier, without the addition of salt, sugar or preservatives, and because you know exactly what you are putting in it, you can rest easy knowing you’re not feeding your bub any hidden nasties. Fi has a great post with 6 purees for starting babies on solids. Check it out here (http://www.mummamorrison.com/2017/01/6-purees-for-starting-baby-on-solids/).
Do your grocery shopping online
Both Coles and Woolworths offer home delivery these days. I hate forking out for delivery (though it’s not that expensive), but I have found it’s worth the few extra dollars to avoid the hassle of having to go to the actual store. It also cuts out those pesky impulse buys and gives you a chance to double (or even triple) check your list before you commit to purchase. This is particularly helpful during those first few sleep deprived weeks when your mind can be scattered.
Bounty Bag/Free samples
With so many different baby products available these days, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one is right for you and your new little person. A great way to check out new products before committing to buy them is trying a free sample. I have a list of freebies I have received in the past available on my website. You can check them out by clicking here (http://budgetmums.com/category/freebies/).
Bounty bags (http://www.bountybags.com.au/) are also a great source of samples and information for new and expectant mums. Make sure to pick one up from your local hospital. They are also available at some chemists, check the website for more details.
So there you have some of my tips for saving money as a new mum. If you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.