When I was pregnant with our first daughter, I quickly became aware of just how expensive having a child can be. It was such an exciting time, and I remember buying so many things like furniture, clothes, and baby products to prepare for her arrival. With all of the new expenses heading our way, I was constantly looking for ways to save money. Below you will find some of my favorite ways to save money while pregnant and preparing for baby’s arrival.
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1. Check out books from the library.
There are a lot of great books out there on pregnancy, babies, parenting, and more. Rather than buying a bunch of books, check them out at your local library for free. One of the first things I did after I found out that I was pregnant was make a trip to the library. I checked out a whole pile of books to learn as much as I could about pregnancy and what to expect along the way.
2. Borrow or buy from family and friends.
I was able to borrow a travel bassinet from my sister-in-law after her second baby outgrew it. I used it for our first daughter in our room and then returned it so she could use it for her third child. Other furniture, baby gear, and clothing can be rotated around as well.
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3. Shop yard sales.
I’ve had a lot of good luck shopping yard sales for pregnancy and baby items. I have found practically new baby clothes from Baby GAP, dress maternity pants that I’m not sure were ever worn, a travel crib used one time for a trip, nursery decor, and the list goes on.
4. DIY/Use what you already have.
Rather than buy all new furniture for our daughter’s nursery, we painted a cabinet that we already had in the garage and changed out the knob. We used it to store blankets and linens in her room. We had another cabinet that my husband built that we had been using for storage in the garage, and we painted it to match the linen cabinet. We store her board books, toys, and stuffed animals in it. The only added cost was paint, a decorative knob, and a couple of baskets.
5. Ask for coupons from family and friends.
One of my favorite coupons to receive in the mail is 5 dollars off a $15 purchase and 20 percent off a single item at buybuy BABY. Babies R US will usually accept these coupons as well. I’ve had family, friends, and co-workers pass along coupons that they would otherwise throw away, and it’s been so helpful. It’s an easy way for them to help and an easy way for you to save.
6. Say yes to baby showers.
A baby shower can be a wonderful way to stock up on some much-needed supplies before baby’s arrival. Whether it’s a basic baby shower or one where guests are encouraged to bring specific items like diapers or books, baby showers can be such a blessing to expecting parents.
7. Register at multiple places.
Stores often provide a bag of freebies and/or coupons when you register at their store. Pick at least two places at which to register. This gives your family and friends options and also gives you two bags of goodies and coupons.
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8. Shop Ebates.
I love earning cash back, and Ebates makes it super easy to earn cash back for free. I have earned cash back through Ebates shopping at Target, Old Navy, Carter’s, Amazon, Lowe’s, TinyPrints, and more. All you do is start at the Ebates website and choose the store you want to shop at online. It will take you to that store’s website where you can shop like you normally would. Once you complete your purchase, you will earn cash back in your Ebates account. Every quarter, you can get a check from Ebates with your cash back. You can earn $10 for signing up through this link after your first $25 purchase.
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9. Get a Target REDcard.
I signed up for a Target REDcard when I was pregnant with our first daughter and have saved so much money. When you use your REDcard at checkout at Target, you save 5 percent off your total right there at the register every time you shop. You also get free shipping when you shop online at Target.com and extended time for returns. I have found that I take advantage of the REDcard perks often. With little ones in tow, I like to shop at SuperTarget because I can get groceries, gifts, clothing, accessories, and more all in one place. My toddler likes shopping there because they give her a free cookie in the bakery every time we shop. They will give kiddos 12 and under a free piece of fruit or a cookie in the bakery. Great idea! You can save 5% and get Free Shipping at Target – Apply for a REDcard here.
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10. Try Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime has been a lifesaver for me both during my pregnancy and once we brought our daughters home. Being able to purchase diapers, furniture, and other items from Amazon on my phone has made things so much easier. I don’t have to worry about loading heavy items into my car at the store; they just appear on my doorstep. Amazon Prime offers free two-day shipping, and I used it all the time while pregnant and still do. You can sign up for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial here.
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