Babies Are Expensive
Wants v. needs. That is one of the first things our coach Rachel said we needed to keep repeating to ourselves when we are going to spend money. Seems easy enough. I WANT a new pair of black heels, do I NEED another black shoe when I already have 10 pairs to choose from? I think I can make do without this time.
What about when you do have a lot of needs? One word, Babies. Babies need you. Babies also need diapers, food, clothes, and so many other little things as they rapidly grow and change.
Diapers. You need them. Lots of them. For at least the first 18 months (IF you have an enthusiastic potty learner). Can you get deals on them? Yes you can! Here are some tips.
- Coupons. Either online, coupons.com, or the Sunday paper. Also don't be shy about letting family and friends know that you are willing to take coupons off their hands. A $3.00 off one package of Huggies coupon is an amazing deal and if you can get your hands on more than one all the better for your wallet.
- If your baby doesn't have sensitive skin and you are able, don't be brand specific. If you see a good deal, stock up! I call $4.50 my stock up price. If I can get a regular package of diapers for $4.50 (average price is $8-9 a package) I am going to buy what I can at that time. If I come across that scenario I will buy a few in his current size and a few in the next size up.
- Shop around. Check stores you normally wouldn't for good deals. I found that Woodman's grocery store sells Luvs diapers for the lowest price in town $6.50 a pack! So when I see a coupon for $2.00 I go get them from Woodman's for my stock up price of $4.50!
- If there is a sale AND you can use your money saving coupon on top of it (called stacking in the world of couponers) do it
My tips won't get your baby to sleep through the night but they will save you money! How do you save on baby goods?