Here you go! I’ve put together a list of 7 super frugal tips that will help you save money on baby items and ease your budget anxiety! As cute and joyous as they are, babies are downright expensive! It starts right away with medical bills and just never stops. Our little ones are so worth it, but it definitely changes things financially.
These are some of the lessons I’ve learned:
- Don’t be afraid to ask for or accept support.
- It’s okay not having everything brand new.
- Make things last using learned skills.
- Figure out ways to do things yourself.
- Don’t compare yourself to others.
Being a mom is the best gift in the world, and it’s a special, fleeting time. These 7 ways to save money on baby items will let you focus on the fun and not on the finances!
#1 Save Money on Baby Items with Facebook Marketplace
This is actually a great resource for inexpensive and free baby items. I live in Utah where there are tons of moms with tons of kids, so there are so many opportunities to get hand-me-downs from people in the community.
I used to feel like the only way to make sure I’m giving my baby the best is to get things brand new, but that’s just not the case. Of course, there are items that you probably should get firsthand, like baby bottles and other feeding tools, but really, most other things are safe and smart to get gently used.
Items for free
I’ve seen plenty of listings for free items such as unopened diapers, formula, baby food, etc. Kids grow fast, so it’s hard to gauge how much you need for any one baby stage. There are good moms out there who don’t want to see their leftovers go to waste. Just make sure anything you get is manufactured sealed, and you’re good!
Make sure anything you get secondhand is gently used. Even if the item is inexpensive or free, you want it to last. Just practice general vetting to make sure who you are getting it from and what you are getting is still good quality and is completely sound.
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#2 Ask Around
This is probably how I’ve been able to save money on baby items the most. Or, accepting volunteered hand-me-downs. Fortunately, we have a lot of family close by and lots of older siblings and cousins with plenty of children.
We have 4 cribs of differing sizes and functionality, and none of them were purchased!
Where/How To Ask
Once again, Facebook is a great place to start. Don’t be afraid to put a post out there asking friends if they, or anyone they know, have items they are wanting to get rid of. This is a great way to save on baby items because there are always people wanting to declutter after their kids have grown. There’s no shame in the asking game!
You can also ask around in any kind of group setting you feel is appropriate. We have a women’s group at my church that would be perfect, for example. This is why we have relationships, so we can all help each other out!
Thrifting! You can save money on baby items at thrift stores in much the same way as Facebook Marketplace. The same rules apply. Things I would want to buy new, are again, any feeding tools, and you can add car-seats to the list as well. If you get a used car-seat, I’d really suggest you get that from someone you know so you can get all the information on how it was handled.
Probably, the most important baby item I have right now, is my video baby monitor. But, it’s not actually my video baby monitor. I borrowed it from a cousin who is in-between kids right now. I considered spending the $100+ to purchase one myself, but was hesitant to pull so much out of our budget. So, I was completely willing to accept her monitor when she offered.
I’ve also borrowed a baby swing in the past, which was a lifesaver with my first child.
Accept help when it’s offered! It will save you money!
Word of Caution!
Word of caution, though, only borrow items that you know you will take good care of. It would suck to have to pay to replace something that you don’t even get to keep!
#5 Coupons, Deal Sites & Freebies
I don’t take enough advantage of these. I really need to take some time to make these resources work for me. There are lots of companies that offer free, promotional items or samples.
I’ve had friends take advantage of this before and I just never got around to it. Tisk, tisk! Similac, for example, has a rewards program that could potentially save you money. There’s always Groupon and coupon mailers. You can request coupons directly from the manufacturer. Stores often run their own savings ads as well. Here are some other great programs to try:
A tip that I have benefited from, though, is receiving free items from our pediatrician. Pediatrician offices and even your gynecologist have access to tons of free, full sized samples. Literally, every doctor’s visit with our firstborn, we left with a new container of formula (we had lots of weight checks with him), and we didn’t even have to ask. But, don’t be afraid to ask if you need to. They should have plenty.
If you’re willing to put in some work, these deals can really pay off for you.
Word of Caution!
Don’t spend money on items you don’t actually need, just because they are discounted or “a good deal”. That is not saving. That is just spending . . . less. only utilize coupons and deals on items you would be spending money on anyway.
#6 Make it Yourself
If you’ve got skills, or can learn skills to make things yourself, this is another great way to save on baby items.
Baby food is my only experience with making it yourself. If you do, just make sure your baby food is age appropriate and good quality.
Other things to make yourself:
- Toys (sensory bins, sensory books, stuffed animals, etc.)
- Burp Cloths
- Cloth Diapers
- Nursing Covers
- Picture Books
I have received handmade baby items that I love from skilled mamas. My favorites are a nursing cover and a crib. Yes, a crib! The crib was actually made by my husband’s grandmother. She was an amazing woodworker. It is the perfect height and size for my newborns! If you can make baby items yourself or know someone who can, you can save money and have items that are unique and catered to you.
#7 Put it in Your Registry
Maybe I should have started with this one! I never did a baby registry, but these are a great way to get specific items you need that you don’t want to pay for or can’t afford. You can even ask multiple people to contribute to one or a few big ticket items.
I think people like registries as well because it allows them to know what they purchase for you is something you really want or really need. It also helps prevent duplicate gifts (though, sometimes with babies, duplicates are a good thing!).
You can save money on baby items with simple planning ahead and ingenuity. Utilize your community through Facebook Marketplace, asking around or borrowing. Don’t be afraid to thrift. Take advantage of discount opportunities like coupons and deal sites. Use your skills or the skills of other creative mamas to make things yourself. Finally, be sure to capitalize on your baby registry.
Any other great tips? Let me know in the comments!
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