One of my best friends recently found out that she is expecting twins. Since I’ve got a little experience under my belt, she asked me how much it cost to have a baby. Her question was kind of funny to me. I didn’t know if she meant the actual cost of childbirth in a hospital, the prices of daycare, or what. Turns out, she was simply asking me how much “stuff” costs for little ones. Clothes, cribs, carseats, diapers, etc. She wanted to plan ahead and save as much as possible, just like any mama-to-be. I gave her a terrible answer and told her that it costs as much as you want it to cost.
But really, that’s the truth. You could easily spend a fortune on baby gear, if you wanted to. There are high-dollar designer cribs and layettes. But, there are plenty of ways to save, too! Babies grow out of things so quickly, it makes sense to shop smart. The majority of our baby stuff is used, either given to us by relatives, or bought by me at consignment or garage sales. When I shop this way, it gives me some wiggle room, and I can occasionally splurge on something I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
Here are 8 ways to save on baby gear…
- Hand-me-downs. If you have a relative or friend who offers to give you their kid’s grown-out clothes, do not turn them down! Hand-me-downs are such a blessing!
- Consignment. Shop for used clothes and gear at consignment shops near you. Many churches and other organizations also organize seasonal consignment sales, where you can find great stuff for less!
- Thrift stores. Thrifitng is in again! Hooray! I have found TONS of cute stuff at thrift stores. Sometimes, I can even find things with the tags still on.
- Garage sales. Summer is prime garage sale season. Check your local paper or Craigslist to find neighborhood garage sales where you can find used kiddo gear for super cheap.
- Online swap pages. Facebook, Craigslist, and other social sites are great places to buy and sell baby stuff. If your town doesn’t have a swap page, make one!
- Ebay. If you are looking for something specific, Ebay is a great place to look. A particular brand of clothing? A certain style rocking chair? A special occasion outfit that will only get worn once? Ebay is your best bet.
- Sales. When I do buy new things for my kids, I try to shop sales or clearance. Back-to-school sales are in full swing, right now!
- Saving. When your little one outgrows something, don’t throw it away or donate it. Box it up and save it for later. So many people get rid of their stuff and then have to buy everything again when another baby is on their way.