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10 Ways to Save With a Newborn

4/20/2010

1. Make your own baby food.
   When baby starts to eat solids, toss cooked veggies into the blender with a bit of liquid, and save the meals in ice trays -- the money you’ll save makes it worth the extra effort.
 
2. Don’t buy lots of shoes.
   Before baby is walking (and some would argue the same for a while after), shoes won’t really be necessary. Socks will do to keep those tootsies warm.
 
3. Buy generic and less expensive brands.
   Does baby’s label really make a difference? She’ll only be in that onesie for a few months, so resist the urge to splurge.
 
4. Breastfeed
   Breastfeeding can save you money in many ways. There are the direct cost savings involved with not having to purchase formula. But there are also indirect savings like fewer doctor visits and co-pays.
 
5. Hold on to free formula samples and coupons.
   Nursing deserves every chance. But more than 85 percent of moms stop nursing exclusively by the time their baby is 6 months old—which means that most end up spending hundreds of dollars on formula at some point.
 
6. Save now, wear later.
   Buy a larger size of the current season's clothes on sale for the next year's season. It's easy to do from birth to one year when you have a good idea that your child will likely fit into that size.
 
7 .Have a Clothing and Product Swap
   Many communities have local moms' groups, where moms and babies can get together for play dates, lunch or advice. If there is such a group nearby, try organizing a baby clothing and product swap. Anyone participating will bring along any outgrown clothes, swings, seats or toys to swap with one another for items that will fit in the baby’s current size. This can save a lot of money for moms, and give babies a chance to play with toys that are new to them.
 
8. Swap babysitting with neighbors.
   Try to find another set of parents or two that you trust, and swap nights of babysitting with them. That way, you’ll get occasional evenings free without the cost of a babysitter, saving you some scratch.
 
9. Baby Wipes
   It's astonishing to think that disposable wipes can cost you more than $300 in your baby's first year! Making your own baby wipes may seem intimidating, but it's quite easy.
 
10. Cloth Diapers
   One baby averages 2800 diapers in 1 year, costing you approximately $600 a year, switch to cloth diapers. Not only will cloth diapers cost you less, but you can use them for your next child too





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