Did you know that pregnancy can cost anywhere from $9,000 - $250,000, depending on whether the mother has health insurance?
But that amount doesn’t even take into account other pregnancy necessities, such as maternity clothes, pregnancy books, prenatal vitamins, morning sickness meds, body pillows, noise machines, stretch mark prevention cream, and more--that are essential for getting through any pregnancy comfortably (or as comfortably as possible!)
Emily Graham of MightyMoms.Net has some advice on budget-friendly pregnancy preparation. My hope is that these tips and resources provided will help alleviate at least some of the money worries new moms face.
Do you have a new baby on the way soon? If so, you may feel overwhelmed by the pressure to prep for the months ahead. That pressure can be even more intense when you are prepping for a new baby on a tight budget, but it doesn’t have to be when you use these simple savings tips.
Stock Up on Baby Supplies Without Spending a Cent
If you’re like most expectant moms, you’ve likely got a lot of items on left to buy on your shopping list. Little things, like nursing bras and bottles, can really add up, but you want to at least make sure you have a few items that will make life as a new mom easier. One such thing is a nursing bra made for hands-free pumping from a company such as Kindred Bravely. Stocking up on a couple of these can be a lifesaver for busy new moms, especially when they are back at work and still need to pump. You may need to cover the costs of your nursing bras, or you could luck out and have your insurance help out with this expense. One thing that’s for sure is that a breast pump must be covered by your health insurance, per insurance laws. Being able to cross this must-have maternity item off your budget can be so helpful. You can put the savings toward more nursing bras or other items on your nesting checklist. Want even more free baby gear? Look online for new mom freebies that can cut down your new baby budget even more.
Check Out Online Coupons to Trim Your Pregnancy Prep Costs
As a new parent on a budget, online coupons and promo codes are a simple way to save. Many corporations, like Procter and Gamble, offer coupons on their website, but you can also browse dedicated coupon and discount sites. You should be able to find plenty of coupons and promo codes to help out with pregnancy and baby costs, but you should also make the most of your effort to find those great deals. Most grocery stores and retailers allow customers to stack coupons on eligible products, and you could end up paying little to nothing for the items in your shopping cart. Of course, the big savings do not have to stop with stacking. Once you checkout, be sure to save your receipts, and remember to use a rebate app to put even more money back into your budget. You can save up for cash back or choose from gift cards to help you snag more baby and pregnancy products for less cost.
Talk to Friends and Family Members About Throwing a Baby Shower
If you have a network of friends and family nearby, chances are they have offered to help during your pregnancy. So, take them up on that offer and ask them to help organize a baby shower. You can even provide your host or hostess with some budget baby shower tips, so you can have a baby shower without feeling guilty about the costs. Help your friends out by providing some inexpensive parting gifts for attendees (hint: you likely already have a few around your home) or see if someone has some leftover decor that can be used for your shower. You can help your hosts and guests out even more by registering for budget-friendly gifts. Be sure to include some pregnancy and baby basics on your registry, but look for easy ways to save on those essentials, such as opting for previous models or sale items. Once the shower is over, also be sure to thank your friends and family for their generosity by sending timely thank yous. Most people are happy to help you welcome your new bundle of joy with a few shower gifts, and it’s a good way to get the gear you need without going over your own budget.
Being ready for a new baby takes some planning, especially when it comes to sticking to a budget. So, use the tips above to add more savings to your pregnancy prep budget plan, and make sure you, your home, and your bank account are all prepared for the new arrival.
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