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25 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY WHEN HAVING A BABY

So, if you've happened to click on this post you're most likely wanting to know how to save money when having a baby hence the title. Congratulations! A new baby is an exciting time of your lives, but it is also very expensive. However you don't want to have to worry about money in the first few weeks/months of their lives.

25 Ways To Save When Having A Baby

Here are some of my top tips on how you can save whether you have a baby on the way, have recently given birth or already have a tot in tow. 

1. Don't purchase a ton of baby clothes as soon as you find out you're expecting or the 20 week scan. Wait until the sales! Lots of selected stores have sales at certain times of the year for example Mothercare, George at Asda, Next and F&F at Tesco. 

2. Accept hand-me downs! Family and friends may offer you some of their baby's old clothes and items, don't be ashamed to accept them, it can definitely save you a lot of money.

3. Have a clear out and sell anything on eBay or similar sites.

4. Look to buy second hand furniture or pushchairs if you're on a really tight budget. 

5. Instead of purchasing bigger baby items if you don't have the cash right away look into low apr loans rather than taking out store cards or using a credit card. They can be very useful and there are no financial institutions in the middle, you receive a low interest loan and the lenders receive good returns.

6. Breastfeed if you can - you could save at least £500 in the first year.

7. Don't bother buying lots of nursing tops or bras - wait until you have been nursing for a good few weeks before buying more incase it doesn't work out and you've wasted lots of money.

8. Skimp on bodysuits. Most of the time they're never seen under an outfit so is there really any point paying double the price when you can pick up cheap ones from supermarkets which do exactly the same job! 

9. Only buy a couple of the same brand bottles before baby is born. They may not take to that bottle and you'll have wasted money on buying too many. You can always get someone to go and buy you more once you're certain you're sticking to those ones. 

10. Ensure you're getting everything you're entitled to such as child benefit and tax credits. Click here to find out exactly what you're entitled to.

11. Sign up to baby parenting clubs who offer discounts and the latest deals. Some of these include Boots, Bounty, Emma's Diary, ELC's Birthday Club, 'My Mothercare', Heinz baby club. 

12. Use comparison sites to check if you can get your utility bills, car insurance or broadband cheaper elsewhere. You could also look into replacing the boiler with Tempo which could save you up to £340 a year or get solar panels which will also save you money in the long run which you could put in savings for your child.

13. Buy neutral clothes if you're planning of having more children in the future. Some people like to keep their baby's clothes just incase they decide to have another. But what if baby turns out to be another sex? It's a good idea to have a fair amount of neutral clothing too, which will save you money in the long run. 

14. Don't bother buying lots of baby shoes! I can tell you now, as much as they look cute your baby doesn't need them! If you absolutely have to buy some don't go crazy one or two pairs is more than enough!

15. Don't waste your money on useless baby products. Whilst you may be getting drawn into adding wipe warmers, nappy bins and video baby monitors these aren't all essentials. Yes they are very handy but you definitely don't need them. 

16. Join Amazon Family which entitles you to a 20% discount off nappies, exclusive discounts and offers, You can also get £15 off if you spend £60 or more when you sign up.

17. Stock up on wipes and nappies when there is a baby event. Boots, and bigger supermarkets have their own baby events over the course of the year. These are great for stocking up on baby items as well at essentials like wipes and nappies. 

18. Check to see if you're entitled to any coupons or vouchers for fruit and veg or formula. 

19. Make your own baby food! - There's nothing more satisfying that making your own baby food and knowing that your baby is getting all the nutrients they need. But it will also save you a lot of money instead of buying pre-made jars which can be expensive!

20. Try Reusable nappies instead of disposable. Not only will it save you a lot of money in the long run but they are also gentler on baby's skin. It's been estimated that parents can save anywhere between £500-£1000 by using cloth!

21. If you use disposable nappies, look into changing to a cheaper brand instead. Supermarket's own brand are a lot cheaper.

22. Sell your baby's toys and items as soon as they grow out of them or stop using them so they are worth more rather than trying to sell two years later after it's been sat in the attic. 

23. Try and cut down your weekly shop. This can make a huge difference to your savings if you're able to cut it down and get rid of any luxury items you had on the list. Meal planning will help with budgeting. You could even switch to a cheaper brand or supermarket. 

24. Bulk Buy - If you come across any BOGOF offers in baby events or supermarkets it's always a good idea to take advantage and bulk buy on baby toiletries and any other essentials you may need.

25. Cut back on luxury purchases such as takeaways, chocolate or magazine. Put the money you would have spent in a piggy bank instead.

Here are some other ways that I've learnt to budget and save money since becoming a parent.

Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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38 comments

  1. Really great post Kerry, as always! Hopefully I'll be able to come back to this post at some stage in the near future. I wish I had bought more gender neutral clothes, as soon as we found out we were having a boy it was all blue! I've kept a lot but if I ever have a daughter I know I'll need a whole load of new clothes. When I was pregnant we stocked up on the BOGOF offers, we still have lots of products left for him to this day! :)

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    1. Thank you Fiona. I wish I had to as then I wouldn't have bought so much for Harry! It is nice to buy pink or blue though when you do find out :) Thats amazing that you still have lots of products left from offers! x

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  2. Some great ideas here Kerry. I couldn't have skimped on bodysuits though, both my two would have figured out how to get their nappies of straight away. Neither of them liked being dressed! Lol.

    Louise x

    With love from Lou

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  3. These are really great tips, Kerry! I second no.9 - I had to buy all new bottles (Tommee Tippee!) when my daughter just refused to use the ones we had. Also, we got so many things secondhand too - everyone has baby products to give away or sell and they're usually in great shape.

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    1. You can also check my blog - babystrollercarseatcombo.com - to get cheap and nice stroller for your baby

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  4. Some fab tips here but I'd tweak number 1 and say don't buy any at all, except a couple of vests and grows! The amount of clothes/outfits people buy you when baby is born is shocking - even when you tell them not to! Well, it happened with both of mine anyway! #clothesoverload haha x

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  5. Some fab tips here but I'd tweak number 1 and say don't buy any at all, except a couple of vests and grows! The amount of clothes/outfits people buy you when baby is born is shocking - even when you tell them not to! Well, it happened with both of mine anyway! #clothesoverload haha x

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  6. Some fantastic tips here. Pretty much all of our three have second hand clothes - my friend gave birth to a boy the day I found out I was pregnant so she passed all of her stuff on, and then having three boys has saved some money! We still keep an eye out on fb sites for freebies or cheap bits - we had a massive bag of PERFECT condition clothes, including a little suit from Next from Facebook last week - for nothing! x

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  7. Great tips as always Kerry, I'm trying to hold off some baby purchases until he makes his arrival. With Darcie I got everything I thought I needed before she arrived and then ended up not using much of it! Trying to learn from my last mistakes! xxx

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  8. Good tips! I ended up buying Lily a million pairs of shoes during my first pregnancy. She didn't start walking till 15 months so none of those shoes ever got used, I could have saved a fortune!

    Abbie | www.lilymaeadventures.com

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  9. Wow such a comprehensive list! I think you have covered everything - I wish I had read this list before I had Boo and bought too many pairs of tiny shoes! I knew they were going to be useless but I just couldn't resist the cuteness.
    I totally agree about waiting until the Sales for clothes, there is so often a great sale on somewhere and you can find lots of bargains!

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  10. This is a great list for any new/expectant parent. I always made sure I made my own baby food for my children, the bought baby food didn't taste great, in my opinion. The sales are great too. It took me a while to accept hand-me-downs as for my first baby, I wanted to get everything new (I was very excited!) for my second baby, I thought more about the cost of everything!

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  11. Brilliant post / you really can save such a lot of money if you shop around. I always shop in the sales, and I made all Pickles baby food myself. Kaz x

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  12. Very interesting and informative post. I am a very keen money saver and am constantly on the hunt for new ways to save. I have a two year old and seven year old now but the tips you have given are very useful. I have learnt something new with the Amazon family so thank you for sharing. A tip I have is starting Xmas shopping from January I just bought a scooter at discount price of £12.00 but I know for a fact it will shoot up in price nearer Xmas time. Another saving tip is entering competitions, no gaurentee but I have won a stash of things and have a fair few Christmas presents now. Found your blog through promote your blog

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  13. Very interesting and informative post. I am a very keen money saver and am constantly on the hunt for new ways to save. I have a two year old and seven year old now but the tips you have given are very useful. I have learnt something new with the Amazon family so thank you for sharing. A tip I have is starting Xmas shopping from January I just bought a scooter at discount price of £12.00 but I know for a fact it will shoot up in price nearer Xmas time. Another saving tip is entering competitions, no gaurentee but I have won a stash of things and have a fair few Christmas presents now. Found your blog through promote your blog

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  14. I'd say just buy vests and baby grows and forget the rest because people will buy them. I wish I'd bought less clothes up front.

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  15. great post go to say i definitely guilty of some of the not do's on my first baba second time round I was wiser. Baby shoes on both my baba's is my downfall, I'll never forget going away with my mam for a day out and coming home with three pairs of shoes for my girl. On the own brand nappies I found aldi great for my girl and Tesco for boy. x

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  16. Such fab tips huni. I hate to think how much we have spent in the last couple of years! I think if we could do one thing differently it would be resuable nappies xx

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  17. Really good tips. I remember buying a push chair well before my daughter was born and I can could the number of times she went into it. I really wish I'd known about swap and free sites sooner.

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  18. Great post! I did most of these when I had my babies. #8 would be one of my top tips, too lol.
    I was so devastated that I couldn't breast feed as I never had enough milk. Really great post! xx

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  19. Great tips, buying second hand can save a small fortune! We have Jack and Jill markets up in Scotland which are organised market stalls for parents to sell their nearly new baby items. It's fab, you make money and gain space in your house as well as finding fab new and nearly new baby items. Win win :)

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  20. Brilliant tips! I think a lot of us are guilty of overspending when pregnant. You do get carried away with trips to baby shops & half of it doesn't get used. Babies don't have to be as expensive as you think.

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  21. Some great tips there :) Wish I had known about some of these when I had my two but it'll be handy in case I decide to have any more. One thing I do weekly is set a budget for the food shop and if I happen to go under the amount set, then the rest gets put into savings which helps build up. You never know when you need money for a rainy day x

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  22. Yes to all of these.I would let relatives buy bigger items, cots, buggies (although I baby wore my last baby as I had two already young children) etc. I always bought and still do, buy from charity shops as clothes were literally pence especially bodysuits.I cloth nappied my youngest two, lots of savings and I got money from selling them to a local Wildlife Trust.

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  23. Totally agree with the baby shoes. I never bought either of mine shoes and Maxwell is now 11 months and still has never worn a pair of shoes. Love babies to be comfy rather than looking cute with shoes on. xx

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  24. What a fantastic post Kerry! I wish you was a blogger when Spud was a baby because I would of saved so much money! Although there is no plans in the pipeline for another baby yet, if it ever does happen I'll be sure to pop back here! Your ideas and post are fantastic! xx

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  25. These are fantastic tips! It's so easy to get carried away & over buy - especially with the first baby. You are right, they grow out of things so quickly, there's no need to have too many of each side item or bottle. And, breastfeeding is definitely a money saver :)

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  26. Great tips! I think having a baby is as expensive as you want to make it. You don't have to get everything new, there's so much you can pick up second hand

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  27. Some great tips, I waited until the sales to buy lots of things too x

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  28. What a great post....Babies are so expensive so it's good to save some money here and there x

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  29. This is such an amazing post, so many of these tips can be applied to any major life event!

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  30. Can't believe takeaways are out of the equation! I love a good takeaway. It'll be belt tighten central around here for the next year! Great tips x

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  31. These are great tips! I am trying to gave an ebay clearout at the moment but it is such a faff!

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  32. Great post. Freecycle is also an amazing way to save money, so many baby items on there! :)
    Our Seaside Baby

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  33. Great post. Thanks. Wish I'd read it before our little lad arrived. Even though we tried to be thrifty, there were a couple of panic buys.

    Hand-me-downs were a life-saver (or at least a budget-saver). We got a lovely buggy with car seat and all the trimmings without having to shop around and for next to nothing. They even delivered it to us!

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  34. The post title "25 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY WHEN HAVING A BABY" is very realities exactly. Thanks for your idea.

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