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25 Everyday Money-Saving Tips to Help Save for Baby

25 Everyday Money-saving Tips to Save for Baby

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t belong to the 1% far from it. And since we’re planning to have a baby, we’re always on the lookout for the next best way to save some cash before our little one arrives.

I’m a big fan of practicality and of implementing habits that work in our everyday routine. If it’s too difficult to do, I’m likely not going to do it. I’m also a big fan of “the little things” and I adore simple ways to make my life easier, greener, and yep! cheaper, which is why I’m sharing some of my favorite, no-fuss methods to saving money. Alone, they might not seem like much, but add them up and we’re talking about sizable savings here, folks!

After the jump, check out 25 Everyday Money-saving Tips to Save for Baby. And let me know if you have any cash-counting advice!


  • Check Out Your Local Community Calendar for Fun & Free Events 1 of 25
    Check Out Your Local Community Calendar for Fun & Free Events
    Saving money doesn't mean you have to stay in every night. Check your local community calendar in the newspaper or online for the week's free concerts, activities, and events.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Routinely Check Fridge and Pantry for Soon-to-Expire Foods 2 of 25
    Routinely Check Fridge and Pantry for Soon-to-Expire Foods
    Throwing food away is a huge waste of money, so staying on top of what's close to expiring ensures you use it up before you toss it out.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Sign Up For Free Baby Products 3 of 25
    Sign Up For Free Baby Products
    Companies want your business, and they often give out free samples of their products with the hope you'll become a buying customer. Be sure to hit them all up! Want to know how? Follow the link below.
    Find Out How to Get Free Baby Stuff HERE
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Avoid ATM Fees 4 of 25
    Avoid ATM Fees
    If you know you're going to need cash, plan to withdraw it directly from your bank. To save even more, give yourself a weekly allowance for what you'll need, and leave your debit card home to avoid easy swiping.
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Make Your Own Baby Products 5 of 25
    Make Your Own Baby Products
    It might get hectic when your little one arrives, but you've got nine months to get some things done. Why not save some money and make your own baby products? It's easier than you think!
    Find Out How to HERE
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Use Your Local Library for Books & Movie Rentals 6 of 25
    Use Your Local Library for Books & Movie Rentals
    Save some dough by lending books and movies from your local libraries and while you're there, check out what free events the library is hosting that month!
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Go to Gas Stations Away From Highways 7 of 25
    Go to Gas Stations Away From Highways
    Gas prices vary from station to station, even within the same town. Generally, prices are higher near highways and major travel routes. Know which local station stays a few cents below the others. Shop around and save on gas!
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Wear Your Clothes Twice Before Dry Cleaning 8 of 25
    Wear Your Clothes Twice Before Dry Cleaning
    Dry cleaning is super expensive, and there are few ways around it for some clothing. But unless you've managed to break a sweat in it, or have gotten it obviously dirty, wear it twice before sending it to the cleaners. And start shopping for clothes that aren't "dry clean only."
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Drink Filtered Tap Water 9 of 25
    Drink Filtered Tap Water
    Bottled water is outrageously wasteful, on so many levels. And as long as you're living in America, your tap water is most likely safe to drink, especially when you run it through a filter. Get in the habit of filling your own water bottle instead of buying one.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Combine Trips for Errands 10 of 25
    Combine Trips for Errands
    Stop going to the stores as often. Combine your trips for errands. It might make for a longer day out, but you'll save money on gas. And the less you're in stores, the less money you will spend.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Use Automated Bill Pay 11 of 25
    Use Automated Bill Pay
    Sign up for automated bill pay whenever possible. You'll avoid potential late fees, as well as possibly save money since many companies provide discounts for enrolling in their auto-pay programs. Do this especially with your student loans. I save 0.25 percent on the interest of my loan simply by auto paying it.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Plan Meals Before Going to Grocery Store 12 of 25
    Plan Meals Before Going to Grocery Store
    Take the time to plan the week's meals, write a grocery list for the needed items, and buy just those items when you're at the store.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Use Rechargeable Batteries 13 of 25
    Use Rechargeable Batteries
    They're more expensive at first, but you'll save money in the long run especially after the baby's here with toys that chew through batteries.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Ditch Cable TV 14 of 25
    Ditch Cable TV
    You can do it! Our household hasn't had cable TV in over two years, saving us roughly $90 a month or over $2,000 in the past two years! Use the Internet or radio for news, and Hulu or Netflix for movies and TV series. You will be amazed at the savings and time it frees up!
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Have Some Meatless Meals 15 of 25
    Have Some Meatless Meals
    Meat is pricey, any way you slice it. Cut your grocery costs by having at least one meatless meal per week.
    Always talk to your doctor before making changes to your diet when pregnant.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Shop at Thrift Stores 16 of 25
    Shop at Thrift Stores
    There are some seriously great finds at thrift stores for yourself and your baby. Kids grow out of clothes so quickly, and there's nothing wrong with having some second-hand items!
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Opt for Matinees Instead of Evening Shows 17 of 25
    Opt for Matinees Instead of Evening Shows
    Skip Date Night and make it Date Day! You don't need to sit home for the next nine months, but save when you can. Matinees are cheaper than evening shows, and if you make your own popcorn to bring (and smuggle in!), you'll save even more.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Keep Rags Handy to Reduce Paper-towel Use 18 of 25
    Keep Rags Handy to Reduce Paper-towel Use
    Cut your usage of paper towels by having some trusty rags on hand. Use them to dry your hands and to wipe up the "cleaner" counter messes (bread crumbs, veggie scraps). Using fewer paper towels means buying fewer paper towels.
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Hand Wash Your Dishes 19 of 25
    Hand Wash Your Dishes
    GASP! I know, the thought! But if your house is anything like mine (read: currently childless), then you're likely not producing enough dirty dishes to run your dishwasher on a full cycle anyway. In our house, we hand wash our dishes and actually use the dishwasher as a drying rack so we don't have to look at the dishes on the counter!
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Turn Down Your Hot Water Heater 20 of 25
    Turn Down Your Hot Water Heater
    I'll put money on it right now that your hot water heater is currently set unnecessarily high. But turning it down doesn't mean you need to take cold showers to save money! For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit you lower its setting, you save between 3% and 5% on your energy bill, and since most hot water heaters are set at 140 but only need to be set at 120 degrees, you could save your household 6% to 10% on your bill.
    Source: The Simple Dollar
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Sell Your Unneeded Stuff 21 of 25
    Sell Your Unneeded Stuff
    Not only would hosting a yard sale bring in some extra cash, but it would also bring out your old junk to make room for baby stuff. It's time to face it: That old favorite sweater that you haven't worn in four years is going to sit in your closet again this winter. Let. It. Go.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Pack Your Lunches 22 of 25
    Pack Your Lunches
    Purchasing lunch in my area costs anywhere from $8 to $15, but making lunch is a fraction of that price! Save money by bringing your lunch to work.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Make Your Own Coffee 23 of 25
    Make Your Own Coffee
    Thank God I don't drink the stuff can't actually, but that's another story. Coffee is PRI-cey, especially when you buy it made to order. Make it yourself at home. Heck, get some fancy syrups if you must, but stop buying those wasteful paper or Styrofoam overpriced cups of Joe.
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Clip Coupons 24 of 25
    Clip Coupons
    Now that you don't have cable TV, you have more time to clip coupons and search for them online.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Ride Public Transportation 25 of 25
    Ride Public Transportation
    Of course, not all of you are able to do this. But if you live in a metropolitan area, learn the local bus schedule and incorporate the ride as part of your Date Day. If you've got good local service, you might even consider becoming a one-car household. Think of all the money that would save!
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons

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