Cut the Costs of Your New Baby... Devour those Yard Sales

GranMamma

Baby products are a huge market. However, these products are soon disposed of after being used. Why not save some money and get your baby products at huge discounts among your local yard sales.

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Get some friends together and check out your local yard sales. Before you go, make sure you check the yard sale listings in the newspaper to make sure you don't make any unnecessary trips. When buying baby furniture, make sure it meets current safety standards. Yard sales often have many used cribs, rocking chairs, and other baby needs that will save you over 50%!

Research Before Making Any Purchases

Invest in a "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book when you are pregnant. This series of books is quite helpful when it comes to keeping your babies needs to a minimum.

Search the Internet

Search for baby sites and sign up for specials. You'll find that you can receive many free samples of baby formula and other supplies.

The advantages of cloth diapers: Cost is the number one benefit to cloth diapers. You can use the same diapers for your later children, or you can sell the used diapers to recoup most, if not all, of your costs.

However, price is not the only benefit. Cloth diapers are also much healthier for babies' skin. Say goodbye to diaper rash. They also benefit the environment. Each one is tossed back into a load of wash instead of an overflowing landfill. Baby Stuff

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February 21, 20050 found this helpful

Another great source and it's even free is Freecycle. It's an email group that have groups all over the county (not sure about outside US). They promote to give it to another person to reuse. I know our local area there is TONS AND TONS AND TONS of baby items (furniture, toys, clothes). I would have loved this with my kids.

Also if you find out your expecting multiples, CHECK THE INTERNET it is a boon for free items that you would not normally get with a single baby.

Hope this helps those new expectant Mommies out there.

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February 22, 20050 found this helpful

When we were expecting our twins, I got just about everything from second hand sources -- hand me downs, garage sales or flea markets. Then after they were born I bought most of their toys and clothes from garage sales. A terrific money saver. And if there was anything we couldn't find second hand, I didn't hesitate to respond to "Is there anything you need?" with requests!

I wish they had had Free Cycle then!

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Second-hand (and esp FreeCycle) are great ways to save money, but make sure the things you buy are safe for your infant or toddler. Many items are sold and recalled or "bulletined" 6 months later because of injuries, choking hazards, etc.

Be frugal, but be safe!

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