Preparing for a baby on a budget
Preparing for a baby on a budget
They say there’s no perfect timing for having a baby, and that if you wait until you’re ready you’ll never be ready. When we found out we were pregnant we were under contract to buy our house. Talk about stress levels rising! We were buying a fixer upper at that, so we knew a chunk of money was going towards our house. To save a ton of money, we knew we were going to do the house work by ourselves. We knew we would have to prepare for a baby on a budget as well.
We managed to do our entire baby room for under $300! My mother went baby crazy on all the other things we needed(it’s was her first grandchild after all!) but I will include her expenses for the bigger items as well. Getting ready for a little one can be done so much cheaper than everyone makes it out to be. Yes, babies cost extra money but having one doesn’t have to break your bank.
Buy it second hand!
This is the biggest and best tip I can give you! Our crib, glider and dresser/changing table all came off of craigslist. Our crib was $70, the glider $15 and the dresser we refinished and converted to a changing table as well was $50. Now we did do a little bit of work on these things. The crib was in great shape but missing the hardware so we had to take a trip to lowes and find it. The glider was very squeaky so my husband did some tinkering and I steam cleaned it. The dresser was refinished to match the crib and we made a tray to put the changing pad on. That’s a total of $135 for out furniture for the nursery. I’m pretty sure you can’t find a crib for that new in a store.
Don’t be afraid to do it yourself!
The rest of the nursery decorations were done by yours truly. A few ideas I liked came from pinterest and I went from there. We got the letters for his name from hobby lobby, as well as a few decorations to hang on the peg board I put in his room. My mom and I made the crib set. I made a no-sew bedskirt and curtain valance. I cut out the pattern I wanted for the quilt and my mom put it together for me(I’m not the greatest seamstress). Using scrap fabric left over I made a few small pillows. If you can’t sew or aren’t crafty don’t be afraid to ask someone you know for some help.
Use social media!
This may seem like a strange tip but facebook is seriously the new craigslist. There are tons of pages for your local area that have things for sale. My city has a few “yard sale” pages and some that are even just for babies and kids stuff! Check join pages for nearby cities as well, some so the deals may be more than worth the drive. The great thing with this is you can look a someone’s profile and see who you will be meeting for pick up. I don’t know about you but this makes me feel so much safer.
Facebook will also have a lot of consignment sale advertisements. If a local church or organization is having a consignment sale chances are it will show up. If you don’t see anything just search consignment sale. This is where you can find the most amazing deals. Clothes are often a dollar or so a piece. I’ve found most have a half off day or time period at the end to try to get rid of everything. I haven’t had as much luck with bigger items but there is always baby clothes for days! This is also a great place to save money on maternity clothes.
When we registered at Babies R Us for our baby the sales girl told us not to be afraid to put too much. She basically had us thinking we needed to scan everything in the store that we liked. Wrong! If I could go back I would only register for the things we would have to buy on a constant basis(diapers, wipes, soap, lotion, etc.). These things don’t(well very rarely) pop up on facebook or craigslist. They also never seem to be on sale when you need them. Yes, those outfits are adorable and sure your kid will need toys, but people are going to give those gifts regardless. If they look at your registry and see the things you need, they will make sure to get you those too. You really won’t ever have enough diapers!
Make sure you are on the lookout for baby saving tips after your baby has arrived as well. Just because babies are expensive doesn’t mean they have to break your bank! Shopping smart and second hand can save you more money than you would believe. Make sure you check out my 5 must have items for your baby’s first month as well! Enjoy that new bundle of joy as well as a few extra dollars in your wallet!