Babies are expensive. If you’re reading this you already know that, because you have a baby or had a baby and know how crazy expensive they are. It’s truly remarkable the amount of money new parents are willing to spend on their baby, practicularly the first one. (Hey no judgment here, I was the same way).
I would cringe when I was asked to shell out $50 for an oil change. $850 for a high tech stroller? Oh yeah, no problem. Oddly enough it wasn’t like I had to convince my husband that this was the right thing to do. He already has his credit card out by the time I said “stroller”.
Tips to Save $$ On Baby Products
- Buy in bulk. You are going to need diapers, diapers and more diapers. So don’t be shy about buying massive packs from Costco or another local wholesaler. Baby formula, bottles, diapers, you name it you’re probably going to need lots of it. When my first friend had a baby she had 20 some odd bottles. I remember looking at all those bottles wondering what on earth she could need THAT many bottles for. Four years later I had 25 some odd bottles. How the tables had turned.
- Shop online! It’s weird when some of my friends still look at me funny when I suggest looking online for a stroller. Yes, not just research but purchasing a stroller online! The novelty! This is 2014, where consumers spent more online then in stores on Black Friday – if you’re not shopping online you’re missing out on a huge chance to save. Even for extremely high ticket items from other countries such as, ahem, that $900 stroller look online. If you’re worried about shipping and fees contact a local freight forwarder or customs clearance company they will be able to tell you exactly how much you’re going to have to pay to import any high ticket items or any strange goods.The beautiful thing about online shopping is it takes 10 minutes to compare 10-15 prices across the internet. That could amount to an afternoon if you try to compare stroller prices by going store to store. And besides, it’s rare that something is cheaper at a brick and mortar store then it is on Amazon. I suggest using camelcamelcamel.com to track prices of goods you have your eyes on.
- Ask your friends. We got so many baby items such as floor mats, rockers and baby chairs from our friends who had babies and have since grown out of those goods. Your parents may even have some baby goods lying around. Make sure you ask around before you go blow your budget on brand new everything for your baby, even if it is your first.