Pregnancy is one of the most profoundly life-changing experiences in a woman’s life. Discovering that you have conceived and are on your way to becoming a parent are epic moments that you will remember and cherish for the rest of your life. Pregnancy brings many significant changes with it and among the most important will be regarding your finances – or how to manage them, to be more precise. While your income will probably not increase, there will be additional costs that you will find difficult to avoid.
Here are 8 ways you can save money during pregnancy:
1. Ask your friends and relatives for baby items
With so many little kids in every neighborhood, there is bound to be someone you know who may still be in possession of used baby clothes, toys and other things in good condition. Ask them what they have and whether they would like to pass them on to you.
2. Go on bargain-hunting trips
Since your costs have suddenly increased, it is time to start hunting for bargains – even if you are not in the habit of doing so. Haggling is a skill that not everyone is born with but everyone can learn to master. In every store where they allow bargaining, negotiate with the salesperson to get the best deal.
3. Take advantage of sales
At any time of the year, there are several sales going on in outlets, supermarkets and malls. Find out where sales are taking place and how much discounts they are offering. You can usually save 50% or more on purchases during sales.
4. Buy second-hand baby items
Once your baby is born, there will soon come a time when he or she will need things like a baby bath, play mat, baby swing, toys and other items. If you are unable to get any of these from your friends or relatives, then buy them second-hand from your local eBay.
5. Magazine subscriptions
Magazines provide a lot of interesting information on pregnancy, house keeping and other topics to keep you occupied. But it is now time to drop the subscriptions to make money available for other more important things. Instead, visit websites and blogs where they offer free advice.
6. Mailing lists
Many online companies offer discount codes and coupons and even sample products as a reward for signing up for their mailing lists. Take advantage of this by signing up for as many mailing lists as you can.
7. Buy vitamins and food supplements in bulk
You need a lot of vitamins and food supplements to keep yourself and your baby healthy during pregnancy. Since you will need to have them every day until the birth, it is not a good idea to buy a little at a time. You can save a lot of money in the long run by buying in bulk because of the discounts and free gifts.
8. Shop online
Online vendors can afford to offer their merchandise at a cheaper rate because they often do not have to pay overhead expenses or spend a lot on advertising costs. Most of them also allow you to return the items you have purchased if you don’t like them.
Pregnancy is an exciting phase in life. Since your costs will increase no matter how careful you are, you have to be innovative and creative and think of many different ways to save money during your pregnancy if you wish to go through it without any financial worries.
What are some of your pregnancy saving tips?
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