Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to Afford a Baby: Baby Gear

One of the biggest baby expenses is baby gear: car seats, strollers, and the like. Here are ways to save money on those expensive baby necessities.

Baby stroller, toddler stroller, and jogging stroller!
  • Have a friend or family member throw you a baby shower. Register at a baby store or make sure the person is aware of specific things you need so she can pass along the information or organize group gifts.
  • Search for coupons and sales online. My favorite is Babies R Us, which often has cyber sales with in-store pickup (no shipping costs) and trade-in events (trade in an old item for a new one at 25% off). Sign up for their emails for more information and great deals.
  • Buy from secondhand baby stores for gently used items that are up to current safety standards.
  • Read reviews and ask friends about baby gear before buying to get the best value for your money. But don't underestimate cheaper brands either. The stroller I have is a Graco from Target and is still in excellent shape even though I use it as a jogging stroller on various terrains!
  • Borrow from friends items that you only need for a short time, such as a bouncer, baby carrier, or baby swing.
  • Buy baby gear that babies can use into their toddler years, such as certain strollers, car seats, and cribs, to decrease future spending.
  • Enter giveaways, such as my current one for an ergonomic, one-handed stroller grip.


Cindy B said...

Don't forget to shop the yard sales! That's where I got a BUNCH of clothes for my first born. Especially if you live in an area with lots of families. After all, it only takes one wearing and then all clothing is used clothing, right?

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