Moms The Word

July 12, 2007

Strategy for Dressing a New Baby *Frugal Friday*

Filed under: Frugal Fridays, Pregnancy — mrslady @ 9:10 pm

The most frugal way to dress a new baby is, of course, making them wear hand-me-downs that are still in good repair.  It is not that I wouldn’t do that-because I would-it’s just that we don’t have any.  Aside from my son’s special clothes that I wouldn’t let any other baby wear out [his coming home outfit, etc] we have already gotten rid of ALL of his baby clothes.

So what do you do when you are facing a new baby with no clothes? 

There’s good news about baby clothes-parents, siblings, other assorted family memebers, and friends often LOVE buying baby clothes.  It’s right up there with toys as a favorite for people to gift you with-possibly because they know you need it?  This will save you some money right off the bat, even one outfit given as a gift is one less you have to buy!

The other good news is that you are pregnant for 9 months.  At some time in those 9 months there will most likely be a holiday/pre-holiday/post-holiday/post-season sale of some kind somewhere.  This will save you a lot of money buying for future seasons.  Just remember-buy them for the size that they will be by the time that season rolls around next.  [I know you probably already know this, but it’s worth mentioning just in case!]

My final frugal tip really helped a lot when we were pregnant with our son.  Once a month [or once a payday, depending on your budget] go to the store and buy the basics: diapers, wipes, and a basic clothing item [socks, onesies, sleepers, etc].  You can usually get that for around $20-$30 depending on where you shop, but it will work wonders when your baby is born.  By the time my son was born we realized how fabulous this idea [which I did not come up with, but loved using] was.  We didn’t have to buy diapers for my son until he was almost 8 months old, and it saved us so much laundry by having a mountain of onesies!  Also that way we could throw away the ones that were just destroyed without guilt or inconvinience. [You know the ones!]

Keeping these tips in mind you should be able to clothe that new baby without emptying your pockets-the best of both worlds.

For more frugal tips visit Biblical Womanhood.

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