Ok ladies, let's get real for a second. Babies are expensive! So much so that when I first found out I was pregnant money was all I could think about. As a freelancer you don't necessarily have the comforts of a weekly or biweekly paycheck and yes the thought did cross my mind to go back to a traditional 9-5 job. So after getting over the sticker shock of all the over priced baby necessities I decided to pull together an action plan to help my family save money, enjoy our pregnancy and still have a life. Here is what we've done so far.
Yes easier said then done but honestly many of us have areas in our lives that we can tweak that will help us easily save money. For us it meant eating out less, reducing splurges like mani/pedis and sadly doing a lot less online shopping.
Research and refrain with going crazy on baby products
Oh ladies this is a hard one. The reality is that it is innate to want the best for your baby, especially if it's your first. And oh man these marketing companies are great at making you feel like you NEED the stroller with the charging station or the $1000 bassinet that magically puts your baby to sleep. Yea, if you have the funds go for it. But for the rest of us, researching the right products is key! There are so many amazing products that don't have the flash of the pricey models but are just as good or dare I say better. So ladies, before you go registry crazy at the baby store do your research! Read reviews, watch videos and then get into a store and try it out for yourself.
Your baby shower is not a second wedding
Whether you are self hosting or having a family member or friend do it keep in mind showers are expensive. From invitations, decor to food you can easily run up a pretty high bill. One of the ways we saved money planning for our shower was by using electronic invitations. Yes folks, less waste, easier accessibility and lots of cost savings. At first I was worried that my older family members would object but with many of them having Facebook, they welcomed having an invite in their email versus risking loosing a paper one. For our invites we used Paperless Post and truly loved the options it provided us. Plus is you are really stuck on having paper they will also print out paper versions of your invite.
Don't go crazy on maternity clothing
A couple months ago I wrote a whole post about how to save money while dressing your bump. Definitely check that out because the temptation to raid your nearest Motherhood Maternity is real.
Shop the sales and consignment
Now bae might disagree with me on this one but I am a planner and as a planner I have feel the need to buy things as I see them on clearance or in consignment stores. He thinks I've left nothing on our registry for folks to gift us but oh man is he wrong. Babies need a lot of stuff and by shopping the deals I've been able to save us a lot of money. So last weekend I dragged him to the Just Between Friends sale and oh man did we rack up. The savings we saw on our stroller was enough to cover everything else we purchased and then some. Plus mommy was able to splurge on super cute baby clothing without feeling guilty. The items were great quality, many brand new and top brands. Just Between Friends has a strict review process so they check everything for damages, recalls, etc. He will never admit it but bae had a blast and we event went back a second time for the 50% off clearance sale.
So lovelies, there you have it. Thanks to this little plan we were able to still plan an amazing babymoon to Bermuda, do some light renovations to our home and jazz up the baby room. What are your cost saving baby tips?
This post was in partnership with Anagram Interactive but all thoughts and opinions are my own.