1/29/13




Raising kids isn't easy, nor is it cheap. Those of us who have had the joy of shopping for a baby already know, it's easy to go overboard buying everything at full price, brand new for this bundle of joy. Sure, a good start up kit is mandatory but when it comes to things your baby will need every day, you'll want to save where you can. 

Even after being born a month, our little one is always in need of something and we are constantly making lists of things we need. Nothing major I mean all baby gear like car seat, stroller, bed etc have been purchased but there is always an ongoing need for the little things that don't always have to cost you a pretty penny, there are ways to save!

Shop the sales. This is the number one tip I can give to anyone, parent or not. A lot of the time stores over price the simplest of items and compete with "the other guy". Check your local shops flyer's for the best deals, shop at multiple stores if you can and don't forget that many stores price match so if the "other guy" has a better price, you could score a deal from your favourite store.

Bulk buy. For items like diapers and wipes it's cheaper to buy a big box in bulk than buying singles when you need them. Stores like Walmart often have sales on smaller sizes which helps save when baby is little. You not only save money but also stock up for a while. 

Clip the coupons. Coupons are useful money saving tools available to everyone and when you have kids, these are as good as money in my opinion. You can get saving from as little as pennies to full products if you just look around in your local papers, fliers and also online websites that offer printable or mail-away coupons. Make sure to check the expiration date before you use them. 

Online discounts. Aside from coupons for in-store purchases, there are websites like Baby netvouchercodes that offer online coupons if you happen to be like me and enjoy shopping online. You can find coupons for everything from clothes to diapers and more, you might even find something to treat yourself! 

Think second-hand. Many gently used items are great money savers when it comes to kids. Most kids outgrow things before they out use them so having the option to save on having to buy brand new for each kid helps too. Mom to Mom, Baby sales, thrift and consignment shops are great resources to save and get more for your buck. Also a great way to get rid of old kids and baby clothes, accessories etc. Check your local listings in your area! You can also declutter your home and make a little money by getting rid of your old DVD/CDs at musicmagpie.com

It's easy to get carried away when shopping for that new baby but you don't have to empty your wallet in the process if you shop smart! Do you have any money saving tips when it comes to raising your family? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Happy Saving!




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6 comments:

  1. I never thought I would buy anything second hand until I had kids! lol

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  2. When our girls were young I was diligent with coupons, man diapers are pricey

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  3. You mentioned almost all the tips I use but, definitely look into second-hand for kids. They are so gently used because they grow so fast. I love giving to second-hand and shopping there. :)

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  4. You're right! It is so easy to get carried away when it comes to shopping for kids. Everything is just so cute! Great tips!

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  5. Take offers from friends with older kids - lots of people are willing (wanting) to part with outgrown clothes, toys etc. I buy everything (diapers excepted!) second hand. They outgrow things so quickly why would I ever pay full price? ;)

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