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As a new Mom, and a stay at home Mom at that, I’m always thinking about saving money wherever I can.  I’ve been learning as I go with Kayleigh, and have been pleased with the results so far.

If you’re a new Mom looking for some ideas to help you save money, check out the list of tips I’ve compiled below! This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

13 Tips for Saving Money

1.   Create a Detailed Registry for Your Baby Shower – Saving money begins while you are still pregnant.  You should create a very thorough, detailed registry for your baby shower.  Make sure to list everything you need for your new baby.  If people don’t know what you still need, they will most likely play it safe and buy clothes.  Then you’ll end up with a ton of clothes, and not many of the items you really need.  You’ll also risk ending up with duplicates of many items.

Don’t be afraid to add large, expensive items.  A lot of times, a group of people will all chip in to buy a large gift.  Be sure to add items in a variety of price ranges, so that there is something for everyone to buy for you.

Did you know you can create a baby registry on Amazon??  They have EVERYTHING on there, and you don’t even have to leave your house to do it!

2.  Choose Gender-Neutral Items – John and I plan to have another baby, so we asked for a lot of gender-neutral items for Kayleigh (pack n’ play, swing, bassinet, bouncy seat, high chair, Bumbo, Boppy Pillow).  If we have a boy next time, we won’t have to buy all new items because they are gender-neutral.

3.  Breastfeed, If You Can – If you can breastfeed, do it!  Not only will this save you a ton of money because you don’t have to buy formula, but breastmilk is great for your baby.

free breast pads

4.  Look for Free Samples & Coupons for Formula – If you can’t breastfeed, or just don’t want to, be sure to look for free samples and coupons for your formula.  Kayleigh is kind of half breastfeeding and half on formula right now.  We have received 2 cans of Enfamil in the mail for free, plus travel size packages, as well as several $5.00 off coupons.  We also received a free can of formula from her doctor’s office at her first appointment.

Enfamil Family Beginnings

5.  Accept Hand Me Downs Whenever You Can – I know first hand just how addicting it can be to buy baby clothes.  I could buy out an entire store.  If you can get hand me downs from a friend or family member though, take them!  There’s no reason for your baby to have to wear only new clothes.  They certainly won’t know the difference, and neither will anyone else! Hand me downs are a really great way to save money.

free baby leggings

6.  Shop Thrift Stores and Yard Sales – Often times, you can find gently used baby clothes and other baby items at thrift stores and yard sales.  Again, why buy new?  Note – One thing you should NOT buy used is a car seat!  Car seats have expiration dates, and are no good after they have been in an accident, which you can’t always tell just from looking at it.  Skip the thrift stores and yard sales on this, and buy new!

 7.  Join a Local Swap Group on Facebook – I belong to a few different swap groups on Facebook.  These are mostly made up of Moms who swap or sell their gently used children’s clothing and other items.  This is another great idea for saving money.

8.  Use Coupons – Another place you’ll want to start saving money, is on your groceries and online purchases.  Clip coupons before your grocery shopping trip, search for coupon codes when making purchases online, watch the sales ads, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can save!

9.  Make Your Own Baby Food at Home – Making your own baby food at home is another great tip for saving money.  Simply take whatever you are eating (start with fruits and veggies) and blend it up for your baby.  Not only will they love the fresh tasting food, but you’ll love knowing exactly what your baby is eating.

10.  Join Amazon Mom – Join Amazon Mom and save 20% on diapers and wipes, save 20% on other family essentials with Subscribe & Save and enjoy FREE 2-day shipping!  You can sign up for a FREE 3 MONTH TRIAL of Amazon Mom and cancel any time.

11.  Buy Generic Whenever Possible – Brand name items are not always better, but they are almost always more expensive.  I recently found that Target carries a generic brand of Diaper Genie refill bags that were a huge savings over the Diaper Genie brand of refill bags, and they work just as well!  Take a look around, and see what items you can buy generic to help with saving money.

12. Cloth Diaper – Cloth diapering can save you a lot of money over buying disposable diapers.  It is also a lot better for the environment!

13.  Check Out the Latest Diaper and Wipe Deals – If you are unable to cloth diaper, or just don’t want to, be sure to check out the Top Diaper and Wipe Deals of the Week.  I refer back to this website all the time, to see where I can purchase the cheapest diapers and wipes.

What are some of your best tips for saving money?


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