Budgeting Tips for New Parents

Few things compare in this world to the joy that comes with having a newborn baby enter the world. Parents will spend ten months preparing for their bundle of joy by purchasing toys, furniture, diapers, formula and countless other necessities. One basic fact that all parents should know is that children are very expensive! Before you continue spending money on endless amounts of toys and outfits, it would be wise to start thinking about saving your coins. All parents want the absolute best for their children, but sometimes the expensive toys and outlandish furniture cause financial troubles for families. New parents have a massive amount of issues to consider when it comes to raising children. A great way to start is to make sure you are financially stable enough to support a child. Here are a few great tips on budgeting for new parents.

  1. Create a Budget – The first thing parents should do is set up a budget of their own. This will help them visualise all available income and how much of that income is used to cover their living expenses. New parents will need to factor in the cost of a baby’s necessities as well as their own.  Creating a budget will help new parents maintain order in the chaos that is having a newborn baby in the house.
  2. Luxury vs. Necessity – Parents often feel that they need to get top of the line items for their children. Name brand items are often overpriced and unnecessary. Parents should be aware that they don’t need to buy love with impractical toys and baby gadgets. They should also be aware that unnecessary items will add up quickly, which can get in the way of the necessities the baby actually needs, like food, water and diapers.
  3. Buying in Bulk – Many wholesale stores sell diapers, wipes, and paper towels in bulk, in addition to baby food and formula. It’s smart to buy things in bulk if you know you’re going to use them in a specific amount of time. Newborn babies go through so many diapers a day. Buying them in bulk will save you so much money in the long run. Buying in bulk will also save new parents precious time they could be using for other things! Having a newborn in the house will keep new parents constantly on the move.
  4. Hand Me Downs – Babies will grow out of their clothes incredibly fast. Before you know it, your two-month-old baby will be a two-year-old toddler. It’s unwise to spend a great deal of money on expensive clothing brands for babies. In many cases, the baby will grow out of the outfit in a matter of weeks! Be sure to buy clothes wisely. Take advantage of friends and relatives who have recently had babies. They will most likely be more than happy to get rid of some of their old baby clothes. This is a great way to save money without wasting. Remember to pass those clothes along when your baby doesn’t fit them anymore!
  5.  Coupon Clipping – Keeping a vigilant eye for coupons and discounts is a great way for new parents to save money. There are many services that can even do this for you! Simply sign up for any number of baby clubs and free sites and prepare to have an inbox full of coupons and free samples to use. There are many companies that extend discount offers to new parents.

6 thoughts on “Budgeting Tips for New Parents”

  1. Good post! I’m currently pregnant and we’ve just started checking out baby gear and nursery items and I’m FLOORED at how expensive it can get. We’re trying to spend money on items we will use for a long time (i.e. getting a stroller than can convert into a double since we want kids close together). I’m almost 18 weeks pregnant and haven’t bought a single thing so far. I’m letting the grandparents go crazy first, then we will look at what we still need. Luckily, we live in a small house so we don’t have a ton of room to accomodate tons and tons of expensive toys.

  2. Sometimes it’s more worth it to buy the more expensive item though. Somethings like shoes are so poorly made that you are forced to go with the best. The alternative is used or hand me downs.

  3. These are definitely very solid tips. I love that you including budgeting. I think that it is easy for things to get out of hand when you don’t have a plan. This is a good way to make your money behave.

  4. Great tips! I’ve been living at Costco for bulk items and clipping coupons at Babies R Us. Plus no shame in grabbing hand me downs because baby clothes, although tiny, cost a fortune!

  5. Also, don’t underestimate the power of your friends and family members throwing you a couple of good baby showers too! That’s a great place to rack up some great items, even everyday items, and save a bundle in the process.

  6. It’s kind of funny as I’m about a month and a half away from having my third child to reflect on this. With our first we bought tons of stuff and put it all on our credit cards. This was a mistake as we didn’t realize how much people were going to give us. Now with our third, because we didn’t really give anything away because we’ve had our kids so close together, we’ve got tons of stuff. I guess what I’m saying is that for staple items it’s not a bad idea to splurge a bit because you may reuse them. But, for things like clothes, you’ll get a ton and may have the ability to reuse them.

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