Look what I was in my laundry today….. Yes I am starting to “nest” and my mind is whirling with all the things I need to do, to get ready for my little boy who is due on April 9th ( but so far all my babies have come 2 weeks early). I have been busy washing up blankets, baby clothes and plan to put up his crib this week.
I did save Matthews baby clothes from 8 years ago, but I realized most of them were very stained and out of style now. I would love to go out and buy the new baby all new clothes, but hello that is not very thrifty. I have been blessed to have a local store called Other Mothers who sells used baby clothes as a good price, BUT they also do a .25 cents sale once a month. Everything is only .25 cents, you never know what you are going to find, but over the last few months I have been able to get some really cute “like new” baby clothes. For about $10 I have been able to get enough clothes for the first few months. I came home washed them up, and have them ready for my little boy.
I have had 9 months to stock up on diapers, ( which I stocked up at price I was willing to pay) most of them I was able to get for less than $3 a package. This will help my budget not “blow up” due to the extra cost of diapers.
When we picked our insurance plan, we knew we plan on a large family. We pay more per month for our family plan but it pays for the baby 100%, all I have to pay is a $500 hospital stay. I may pay more a month but this has saved me thousands for the price other plans cost. ( Yes we are blessed that Matt is a nurse, and as long as we go to the hospital he works at, we get great coverage)
I plan to breast feed, which I feel is the healthiest option. Plus it is FREE, I would have to pay more in formula in one month, than I spend on my WHOLE family. I do have a nice breast pump that I have used with the 3 other kids, which will allow for bottle feeding as well.
I have been trying to make a few freezer meals, so I am able to feed my family good solid meals without all the stress. I have enough of a “stockpile” that we will only need to shop for fresh items while I am recovering. This will help us stick to our budget.
I am no expert, but these are a few things that we do to have a Thrifty baby.