This post was written by PennySaverUSA.com staffer Carissa, who has a beautiful baby girl about to turn 1-year-old
I’m fairly new to the mom game, with my beautiful daughter turning 1 next week. It’s been an amazing experience thus far, and naturally along the way I’ve quickly learned some Save Money Monday tips when it comes to buying her all the things she needs. That cute little face definitely came with a high price tag.
Stick to the off-brands when buying baby clothes.
Avoid Brand Names
Babies grow so quickly and they outgrow their clothing in no time. Babies don’t know the difference between a designer label and a bargain brand. They’re so cute; they’ll be able to pull off anything. If you plan on having more children, buy unisex colors for your first-born, so when your second, or third, or fourth child arrive, you have a supply of baby clothing that can be reused regardless the gender of the baby.
Buy in Bulk
Get the value-box diapers and wipes that come in boxes of 150-228, if you can. The cost per diaper/wipe works out to be less, and you can save up to $300 a year! Diapers do come in different size ranges, so when buying in bulk keep in mind that if you think your baby is within a pound of the maximum weight limit on their current diaper size, be sure to purchase the next size up.
Stay Glued to Sales and Coupons
Sales and coupons are your best friend. Stock up during sales, and you don’t have to worry about rushing out at the last minute and paying full price. When it comes to coupons, you can find one for almost everything that you need — baby food, diapers, clothes, etc. Don’t forget to use them when you’re at the checkout register.
When I realized how many coupons I was able to find, I created a coupon binder to keep them all in one place. I organize it by product, and then organize the coupons by date, so I make sure to use the ones that are closer to expiring first.
One of the easiest ways to get coupons is to sign up for reward programs with different brands of the products that you buy for your baby, either through their email newsletters and/or Facebook or Twitter pages. They’re great places to find contests, special offers, coupons and giveaways of your favorite products.
Scan our new Mother's Day 2012 section for great gift ideas.
DIY Baby Food
Making your own baby food is also an easy way to save some money. Buy the fresh produce, dice or blend, and store. Only buy the pre-made baby-food products that would cost more or require more of your time and effort to make. You can find some free baby food recipes online and you can save yourself up to 50%.
When you do have store-bought snacks, make sure to store them properly in airtight containers so they last longer. If your baby is using formula, choose powdered. It’s an additional step over the ready-to-feed formulas, but it’ll save you in the long run.
Ask the Doc
Get your money’s worth out of those pediatrician appointments! Ask your pediatrician for free product samples. At my daughter’s checkups we get cans of formula and creams for her skin.
It’s only been a year, but I continue to become a savvier mom by the day and I hope these Save Money Monday tips will help you, too!