Having a baby is the best thing that can happen to anybody. The sound of their giggles, the way they wriggle around, their toothless smile and their adorable drooly stare! You can’t take your eyes off your tiny creation even if you wanted to. They can lift your mood with their cute, simple actions and steal your attention anytime they please. They are the kings and queens of the house after all.
The happiness you get from your little bundle of joy is priceless. But your adorable little bundle can make you spend bundles of cash! For most young parents, it can be a bit confusing as to how much to spend and on what. Even if you did not intend to spend that money, you end up exceeding your budget by a significant margin. How can you ensure that you buy all the things you need without burning a hole in your pocket? Read on to find out!
Online Shopping *IN MODERATION*
There are times when you go online, find deals that are tempting and end up splurging on things you didn’t really need or were not worth it. It may not have been your intention to buy those extra items - you might have been trying to meet the requirement for a free delivery. So, instead of paying X amount for delivery charges, you end up paying 10X on something you did not need. There is no harm in buying new baby clothes once in awhile but not all the time. You can avoid this by using online shopping websites for buying items you need in bulk - diapers, baby wipes, formula, etc. Get it automatically delivered every 2 months.
Shop Smart On Baby Furniture
When it comes to buying new furniture for your baby, you can opt for ones that act as 2-in-1 options. You may have heard/read about baby cribs that can be converted to a bed for toddlers. There are similar options available for high chairs and strollers.
Share Your Bathing Products
Opt for buying yourself pH-balanced, mild scented and gentle products for bathing. This includes shampoos, soaps, lotions, creams and powder. These would be less expensive compared to the bathtime products that you buy separately for your baby.
Lend And Borrow
Chances of you obtaining hand-me-downs from a friend or relative are high. All you have to do is ask. You could even give some of your baby clothes to someone in need and keep the cycle going. You may even use your older child’s clothes for your little one. Give them away once they have grown out of it. Keep them in good condition for this purpose.
Try Reusable Products
Consider using cloth diapers and reusable breast pads to save up some cash. They would have a higher initial investment but over time, you would realise that you are spending lesser than you would have with disposable diapers. Reusable breast pads too are much more economical than disposable ones. Do keep in mind, however, that you have to wash them thoroughly after each use.
Revise Your Shopping List
Before you go out on a shopping spree for your munchkin, make a list of all the things you would need. This may include diapers, wet wipes, socks and other essentials. After making this list, write down the details. How much of each do you need? How long will they last? Finally, revisit this list and see if there is anything you are missing, anything you don’t really need and the total cost. Keep this list handy for the next purchase and keep revising it.
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