By: Emily Graham, Mighty Moms; Picture Courtesy of Pixabay
Whether your very first or your fifth addition, few milestones in life compare with the anticipation of a baby’s arrival. In the excitement, though, it can be all too easy to overspend. Here’s how to ensure you’re not only ready when your bundle of joy arrives, you get everything you need without breaking your budget.
Win with your wardrobe
Your body will change a lot through the months before and after your baby’s arrival, and investing in an evolving closet can get pretty costly. Instead, Cosmopolitan suggests considering some clever hacks to stretch what you already own and to keep your purchases as low as possible. For instance, bra extenders can help you keep wearing your favorites longer, and you can use hair ties or rubber bands to hold your jeans together when you can’t button them comfortably.
When you do need to supplement your wardrobe, try bodysuits since they cover nicely without riding up over your belly, and stretchy, flowy dresses that adjust to your shape and flatter your figure, both during and after pregnancy. Strappy shoes allow for fluid retention better than closed options, and coats that wrap or are oversized are both chic and forgiving as you pass through coming stages. And the best part, some sizes and styles will be comfortable in your closet long after your baby arrives.
Investing in new maternity clothing doesn’t need to be expensive. Look to major retailers like Kohl’s, where you can find a broad selection to suit your needs and style, from office wear to pajamas. To make the most of every penny you spend, take advantage of Kohls coupons. With careful spending, you will have plenty of money left over for the rest of your preparations.
Pretty soon, you’ll be going through lots of diapers, and without a plan it can get expensive quickly. By using a subscription, you can avoid running to the store all the time during those early, exhausting months. To make sure you get the most bang for your buck, read reviews by Clarks Condensed. They explore options that fit a variety of budgets, so you can find something practical in all regards.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option that is easy on the Earth, your budget, your baby, try Dyper brand. Dyper diapers are made from responsibly sourced bamboo, and are free of perfumes, chemicals, and dyes. They allow you to set your subscription frequency so you know what you’ll pay every month, and you can adjust it as needed. If you run out, you can send them an SOS to ship you some additional diapers through their easy-to-navigate app, and if you buy more than you need, you can ship them back, no hassles.
Projects with purpose
As you prepare for your bundle of joy, there are some DIY projects to consider that make your daily life easier in many ways. For instance, you can prep your own baby food, which allows you to control the ingredients in your little one’s diet. You can also make your own sanitizer spray, so you can clean everything from toys to booster seats on the fly. For an eco- and wallet-friendly changing solution, you can even DIY your baby wipes.
When time and energy make DIY out of the question, you still don’t have to go broke on your baby’s day-in, day-out necessities, and you don’t have to sacrifice by buying harsh, chemical-laden options. Look to Walmart’s clean living choices in their baby section. To economize your time as much as possible, you can even place your order online and pick it up when it’s convenient for you, all at no additional charge. Thanks to their everyday low prices, it’s a great way to stick to both your budget and your ideals.
Getting everything you need for your baby can be expensive, but with a handful of smart strategies, you can spare your budget and prepare without stress. Select your wardrobe and diapers carefully, and DIY a few things when you can.
Thanks to these thrifty solutions, you can breeze through preparations without going broke.