A new baby brings a lot of joy and hope to a family. It also brings
some uncertainty. You may be concerned that your home is too small, or
that you need a larger car, among others. Whether you are expecting your
first or your fifth child, chances are that you need baby gear! There are
hundreds of different items that you need when the baby arrives, and it
is important to remember that stocking up doesn’t mean you have to clean
out the bank account. If you do a little bit of research beforehand, you
can get everything that you need at a fraction of the retail price. My
favorite money saving tool is the e-coupon. You can sign up for e-coupons
at a variety of different retailers, and start savings instantly.
The first question that a new parent-to-be asks is “what gear do I need?”
There are many things that are convenient to have, and many things that
are a “must have.” Once you distinguish between the two, you can start
stocking up on the “must haves”. I recommend that you start shopping for
bargains early on in your pregnancy. You will save more money, and eliminate
the last minute rush that many parents undergo. Most baby sites will provide
you with a checklist of the baby “must haves.” Print this list out, and
then begin to compare prices and makes and models.
Every parent-to-be is on a budget. The trick is to make the most out
of that budget. First consider looking at local yard sales for various
baby gear. You can often get some cheap deals, on things that are in good
shape. If you are looking for some really good deals, go online. There
are hundreds of different baby sites, which offer many products at deep
discounts. If you use an e-coupon service, you can get coupon codes to
save even more on the items that are “must haves.” Most of these services
are free to use, and can save you hundreds on your favorite baby gear.
You may also try an auction site like EBay. I have found some great deals
on items that you need everyday, like bottles and bibs.
Shopping for baby on a budget can be a lot of fun, if you approach
it correctly. Create a list of the items that you want to shop for, and
stick to it. Look for discounts and deals both locally and online. In no
time, you will have a nursery full of baby gear ready and waiting for your
new little bundle of joy! Congratulations and happy shopping!"
About The Author
Melanie Breeze, avid online shopper