Proportionally to your stomach growth your expenses will grow too. The only difference is that when your stomach disappears, the expenses will continue on growing. With the baby arrival, you’ll gain not only immense happiness, but also a pile of problems and stress. And we are not thinking only about sleepless nights, but also the endless list of necessities, such as diapers, nursery items, bottles, clothes, etc.
If you are a first time mom, these things might seem overwhelming, and you’ll probably need some advice how to endure this period with a happy ending which doesn’t involve bankruptcy. Don’t worry mom, we’re here to take you through this bumpy road and provide with some survival training.
Frugal Tips For The First Time Mom
Trimming down the expenses from day one
The hospital expenses can make your dollars to sprout wings. So think about how you can save money in those first couple of days. If there is a charge for a private room, pass-on that privilege, and embrace a short-time roommate. Who knows, you might even make a new friend? If your hospital charges a TV usage, opt for spending time with your newborn or reading a book instead. In the case there is a chance of keeping some of the hospital goodies such as baby care items which are usually stored in your room cabinet, use that opportunity. Ask the nurses for permission and save more-then-necessary dollars.
Breastfeed and stay on budget
Not only that breastfeeding is beneficial for your baby’s health it can also save a ton of money in the first year. If you are in need of a breastfeeding pump, and if you’ve already asked around, you’ve probably noticed that is not nearly as affordable as it should be, considering that you’ll use it just for a couple of months. Think about borrowing it if you know some recent mom. As for breastfeeding advices, don’t pay a lot of money to a lactation consultant, there are a lot of local breastfeeding organizations which may help you for free.
Don’t overspend on clothes
Did you ever hear the expression: “Kids grow like weeds”? And they really do, sometimes they don’t even get the chance of wearing some of the clothes because they outgrow it fast. That’s why there is no need to buy clothes in advance. If you are planning on having another baby in the future, opt for unisex clothes, so your younger kid might inherit the older brother/sister wardrobe. If you have some extra time, try learning how to sew or knit, and make your own adorable baby clothes. Ask for a friend who has recently had a baby to give you some of the clothes their children have overgrown, and look for the shops where you can buy cheap toddler clothes, there are many of them.
Gear up for less money
Perhaps the most expensive part of the equipping for a newborn is all those accessories and gear you’ll have to acquire. Try to cut down those expenses as much as possible by acquiring multi-purpose furniture (e.g. a crib that can become a couch or a desk). In this case, also consider about borrowing some items that you won’t need later on, like a diaper-changing table. Return or exchange some of the baby presents that don’t meet your needs. Surely, the persons who bought them for you won’t be insulted, or consider previously agreement by telling them what you need, and avoid any misunderstandings.
By following these guidelines, you will save money and reduce stress to the minimum, so you will, without any troubles on your mind, be free to provide your child with the most valuable thing there is – motherly love.
Chloe is a fashion-and-beauty enthusiast from Adelaide, Australia, editor at HighStyleLife.
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