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Pregnancy is something worth looking forward to, but it’s not without its problems. There’s all the pain involved that, if pregnant for the first time, can be incredibly difficult to cope with, while it can be an unpredictable experience, as there’s no knowing when you could go into labour. However, while you’re carrying your new boy or girl, there’s also the fact that you’ll have to spend money on clothes, bedding, toys and cleaning equipment for your baby, not to mention things you’ll have to buy for yourself like maternity clothes. As you have to buy so many different things during pregnancy in order to prepare yourself for when your new boy or girl arrives, you might want to make sure that you make at least a few savings here and there. If there’s only so much you can afford to spend, it’s still possible to get everything you need without breaking the bank. Here are some great money-saving tips to follow while you’re still pregnant:
* Shop around. Whether it’s in discount stores or on online auction sites like eBay, it’s possible to find what you need for less. For some items like a cot or a blanket, you could buy one for much less than one on sale with a major chain store. Also, if you see any good discounts or ‘two for one’ offers on things like baby food, feel free to take advantage, while car boot sales may also have a bargain or two for you.
* Ask family members and friends to chip in with the odd toy or item of clothing. There’s a chance that you might have bought something for their kids, so it’s only fair that they return the favour. This will help to save you from buying so much, which will give you more room for manoeuver when budgeting for parenthood.
* Only buy what you really need. Make a list of what you want, and stick to that list. Buying something on an impulse can be costly, especially if you do it more than once, but using a list can help you to stray away from purchasing unnecessary items.
* Take advantage of any free offers and money-off vouchers for things like ante-natal classes. This will save you a lot of money, and will also teach you to save up for the first few months of your baby’s life.
* Try and cut back on your usual day-to-day spending. This will help you with paying for everything your baby will need once they’re born, and will get you into the habit of making the most of what money you do have to spend. Cutting back on meals out, expensive food and trying to cut down your energy use can all help.