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    Default Ways to save money with having a baby?

    I want to try for baby over the next year, and I posted a question on what the costs of having a baby are (such as everything that needs to be purchased) and someone suggesting asking a question about what ways there are to save money with having baby (thanks for the suggestion!!!)

    Does anyone have any ideas?

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    Gumtree or don't buy every gadget known to man, babies only need boobs, nappies and wipes, a few jumpsuits and singlets, a wrap or 2 (blanket) and a good quality baby carrier (will last you birth-toddlerhood) or pram and a car seat (check out the latest CREP pamphlet for which ones are rated best, you can find it in a google search).

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    There is a F@ceb00k group called "stay at home mum" and they have some really awesome ideas on how to save money. For us it was about making lifestyle changes- no weekly takeaway, creating a meal plan and only buying what you need for that plan, use Aldi where appropriate (there nappies are pretty good), setting spending limits with friends/ family/ each other for Christmas gifts, maximise all your allowances i.e parental leave, family assistance etc.

    Other people will swear by cloth nappies and I know for some it is a cost saver. For us it wasn't when I factored in a new washing machine. Breastfeeding will save a fair bit of money- but don't beat yourself up over this one. There's already too much pressure out there to be worrying about breastfeeding and money.

    Hope that helps

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    Not sure if you mean the Stay at home mum- The Secret to living on one wage but yep that is a great fb page

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    Buying things second hand at baby markets/garage sales/eBay etc can save you heaps.

    We saved from when I found out I was pregnant to going on mat leave by putting away pretty much my entire salary and living off DH's. It was good to have that as a buffer in addition to paid leave and baby bonus (or ppl now). It also taught us to live a little more simply.

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    Assuming you mean SAHMs, there are lots of ways to save money,like giving them homemade foods when starting solids instead of buying bottled ones,looking for deals on nappies and wipes,buying a good quality stroller that will last long,getting secondhand toys,playmats and other baby stuff.You could buy homewear clothes from stores like Kmart,they have babysuits for as low as $5.And don't buy too many clothes of one size,as bub will grow quickly.
    Most of the savings can be on secondhand stuff.I never did understand all these calculations in the news about it costing this-and-that much to have a baby.It's all about prioritising what you really need and what you don't.Think about it,even something like a playmat,bub will use it just until they learn to crawl,which happens around 9 months(on average) ,so why not get a secondhand one?

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    Buy everything that's suitable from NB to toddler. Rather then a bassinet & a cot, buy a cot that turns into a toddler bed. Buy 1 car seat thats reversible.

    Use cloth nappies.
    Breast feed.
    Buy clothes & raps 2nd hand its amazing the things you can find.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    Gumtree or don't buy every gadget known to man, babies only need boobs, nappies and wipes, a few jumpsuits and singlets, a wrap or 2 (blanket) and a good quality baby carrier (will last you birth-toddlerhood) or pram and a car seat (check out the latest CREP pamphlet for which ones are rated best, you can find it in a google search).
    This Oh and even scrap the wipes when you are at home and use warm flannels instead, prevents nappy rash and no doubt more hygienic.

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    If you can buy items during the EOY sales for the next season / size - and take advantage of well managed laybys for larger items.

    Price compare on the Internet for everything! Ask a business if they will price match.

    Join FB pages of all the products your interested in - they'll advertise sales and giveaways.

    Buy good quality once.

    I paid the most for my baby carrier (ERGO), my car seat/s and cloth Nappies - these I'm going to be using for my Jan baby

    Gumtree / Babies and Kids Markets / Garage Sales / Make & Sew your own..

    And don't fall for the trap that you need to buy heaps of clothes / toys for newborns...they just need you


 

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