Moms Share Tips for Saving Money

recession guide

save money on baby stuff

I love these great money-saving

ideas from CafeMom members

Babies may be small, but they can take up a big chunk of your monthly budget. I'm always looking for ways to save (or not spend at all!), and so are a lot of you.

mom12005 wrote in the CafeMom Newcomers Club, "I'm sure this economy is killing us all in the pocketbooks so I suggest that today we can share some tips on saving money."

And someone in Answers asked, "What did you do to save money with your baby?"

Both of them got some great suggestions. Here's a round-up.


"Read the book 1000 Best Baby Bargains by Kimberly Danger." —bethelann2004

"Cloth diapering has saved me so much money. I spent between $700 and $800 on disposable diapers and wipes in the first 7 months of my daughter's life. Then, I spent $250 on cloth diapers and made my own wipes." —epoh

"I made my own baby food. Peel an apple or carrot or peas, etc. and puree in the food processor. You can store the food in old jars if needed for travel. When they got older, I chopped or pureed the same thing we were eating for dinner. I saved a lot of money and homemade food tastes better." —FlyMom07

"Breastfeeding—and delaying solid foods has the benefit of costing less." —RanaAurora

"Buy clothes at the end of the season (on clearance). I just bought my daughter winter clothes for next year in one size bigger." —Mamaz

"Sharing the cost of a nanny with a neighbor or friend is a good way to save money if you can both get on the same schedule." —mamakat21

"Shop online. I have found many things much cheaper than they are at local stores. Instead of getting in your car (and burning gas) to see how much something costs at a store, call them on the phone to get the price. Then check around online to see if you can find the same item for that price or less. If you do, look for coupon codes online. Many sites have free shipping codes, and even discount codes, so in the end you still come out paying less." —tippymorgan08

"Change your mind-set. What is best for your child is not always the most expensive. You'll be surprised at all the "things" you really don't need to raise a healthy, happy baby. The most important thing your child needs after the basics—food, clothing and shelter—is time with you. Play with your baby, talk with them, hold them and love them. It costs you nothing and reaps eternal benefits." —MamaDeetoo

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