1. Borrow items.
While it’s always great to have something new, consider what you can borrow. This can be anything from maternity clothes, baby clothes, big ticket baby items (like a stroller or high chair) or other things you may need or want for your baby. The good news is that there are many people who are more than happy to help you out because these items are used for such a short period of time.
2. Buy Second Hand.
If you can’t find someone to lend you something or you want something you don’t have to return, you can always consider second hand purchases. This can be from second hand stores, yard sales or even places like eBay or Craig’s List. If you do have items that you no longer need you can also sell them to earn extra money.
3. Register for Baby.
If you use your baby registry wisely, you can be given items of which you are truly in need. This means you will need discipline when you register. Cut frivolous baby things out. Don’t go wild with the scan gun.
4. Hold off.
If you aren’t sure which products will work best for baby (especially with bottles, pacifiers, even diapers), buy the minimum to start with, then stock up once you know baby’s preferences.
5. Buy a convertible crib.
A crib that converts into a toddler bed will definitely save you some cash over the years.
6. Buy in bulk.
You know you’ll need lots of some things (like diapers and formula). If you have the storage space, stock up to save cash.
7. Go without a changing table.
Instead, top the dresser with a changing pad and add a few wall shelves for storage.
8. Get a belly band.
This awesome invention (a stretchy band you wear around your waist) will keep you in your pre-pregnancy pants much longer, saving money on maternity clothes.
9. Find cheap community classes.
While some baby classes have hefty price tags, many community centers offer great classes for much less.
10. Hold out for the showers.
Remember that if someone throws you a baby shower, you’ll likely wind up with lots of outfits, toys, and maybe even gear. The point? Don’t stock up ahead of time. You or your partner can always hit the stores afterward to grab anything else you need.