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How to Save Money on Baby Stuff

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 11:40 AM

Cutting costs can be a challenging task. And, when you have a newborn baby, this task can be much more daunting, since the most expensive items in your grocery cart are often diapers and other baby stuff. However, you can save on these baby products if you know where to shop and what to look for when shopping.
Look out for baby stuff on sale. Buying things on sale can save you big bucks, but it may also require a lot of research. So, decide on your priorities. Plan the things you want to buy first, the important ones, and look for cost-effective baby products. Check out yard sales, thrift stores, and the like for cheap baby stuff.
When your baby is older, you can save money by making your own baby food. It is simple, quick, and cheap. Commercially prepared baby food is up to three times more expensive than homemade baby food! You can make baby food from canned or fresh vegetables. When you buy canned vegetables, make sure you pick the salt-free variety. 
If you use canned vegetables, drain most of the juice, saving a little bit at the bottom of the can. Transfer the contents into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. If you use fresh vegetables, cook them in water, and proceed in the same manner as you would for canned veggies. For older babies, you can introduce meat by pureeing a piece of meat with a bit of sodium-free broth.
Speaking of mealtimes, a high chair isn’t an absolute necessity. You can use a baby swing, a walker, a stroller, or simply hold the baby on your lap while feeding. If you feel you need a high chair, you can always find a bargain on a good used one.  And don’t worry about buying special dishes for your baby . . . they'll be just as happy eating off of an adult plate.
Further, it is easy to fall prey to the allure of adorable baby outfits. This temptation can cause you to pay big bucks for an outfit your baby wears a couple of times and soon outgrows; so generally, they are not worth it. Here are a few tips for smartly dressing your baby:
  • Buy only two or three newborn-sized garments. If the outfit is too big for your baby, you can always roll up the pant legs and sleeves.
  • Buy gender-neutral clothing so that you can hand them down to your future children — boys or girls.
  • Babies outgrow clothes very quickly and most of their clothes are worn occasionally; so you can usually find a fantastic bargain on very good quality clothes from yard sales.
  • Tell friends and family that you are looking for hand-me-downs.
  • Frequent the clearance sale of baby clothing racks.
When you think about it, you are actually indulging yourself by buying unneccessary baby stuff, rather than pampering your baby. At such a tender age, your baby looks up to you for your love, care, and cuddles, and nothing materialistic.

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