Baby on a Budget: How to save money preparing for baby

I have two tips that we used in preparation for baby that helped save us hundreds – possibly thousands – of dollars. I personally found the vast amount of baby products to look through to be completely overwhelming.

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Short on time? Here is the bullet point summary:

  • The Minimalist Mom book as a blueprint for creating your baby registry with the items you will actually need for baby. She also helps you understand what you may want and also things you probably just don’t need.
  • Start your free baby registry with amazon because it is so easy to share it with friends and family. No extra websites to sign into…if you are like me you don’t need another set of log-in credentials to keep track of. You can start your baby registry here
  • Install the honey plug-in on your internet browser (super easy, just click here to sign up). Make sure you check your shopping carts on your desktop before making any purchases online. The honey plug-in finds savings across most websites for you at checkout. Don’t pay more than you have to, get it here. It has saved us over $1000. 

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Here for the story? Here are the two tips I used to save money preparing for baby:

 

There are just too many options in pretty much every category when it comes to buying things for baby. That is one of the reasons I decided to start this blog.

I enjoyed finding the best baby items and I constantly found myself thinking, “I wish someone just had this all put together in one place”…and then I decided to get started on creating it!

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In my research during my first pregnancy I was surprised by the amount of quality products I was finding on amazon. Many of the brands I had found and loved were starting to sell on amazon.

It made me so happy to be able to easily get pretty much everything we decided to get for baby #1 all in one place. 

It is also really easy to create an amazon baby registry and share it with friends and family since most everyone you know is probably already using amazon on a regular basis.

You can start a free baby registry here

 
There are two things I did that saved us money while I was researching and buying the stuff that we needed for baby that I highly recommend. 

 

  1. I am so glad I read The Minimalist Mom. It helped me sort through what we would actually need vs. what we might just want for baby. 
  2. I downloaded the honey savings browser plug-in on my desktop and did all my shopping on my desktop to make sure I got notified of every possible savings available through the plug-in. It also gives us money back whenever we purchase from certain websites like The Honest Company.

 

These two tips alone saved us hundreds of dollars buying baby gear. It has since saved us money every time I buy something online.

I always check my amazon cart on my desktop before checking out to make sure I have the best deal through the honey plug-in.

You just sign-up, install it (super easy, just click a button), and it does all the work finding savings on multiple websites for you. It has found savings for me on just about every website I have purchased something from since installing it. Yes, even Anthropologie. (guilty pleasure)

If you want to save that kind of money too, you can get the honey plug-in here.

 
The Minimalist Mom

 

Starting off by reading The Minimalist Mom was such a good idea. I love it when I find a book and then that book ends up having such a positive impact on my life. This was one of those books. 

It is so easy to get caught up in all of the things you can buy for baby. The marketplace is HUGE. It is also much easier to spend money on your kids, in my opinion. This could be a terrible combination.

In an effort to have more things that enhance our life and less stuff that doesn’t, I wanted to give a minimalist approach a try. 

This book helped me understand exactly what was essential for a baby, what was actually optional, and what I might want to consider based on our lifestyle.

For example, you may not need a stroller based on where you live and what activities you do or don’t do. However, you will most likely need a car seat, some onesies, and diapers. You get the point. 

I used this book as my buying template to help me navigate the line between “need” and “want”. If you think that might be helpful you should check out the book here

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Let me know what your experience with The Minimalist Mom & the Honey plug-in are in the comments below! For baby products I regret buying, check out this post. I look forward to getting to know you! Thanks so much for watching & reading!

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1 Comment

  1. When I was pregnant I thought the minimalist trend was a little weird. I wanted everything that could make motherhood easier or entertain my child. Fast forward, my daughters 2 1/2 and our house is packed with clothes and toys. My family spoils her and everything just piles up in our house. I think I’m ready to give this minimalist thing a try. Great post, thanks for sharing!


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