This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mirum formula, however, all opinions and experiences are my own.
We recently signed up for Hulu and I’ve been watching reruns of 20/20. Just this week I watched an episode that talked about how financially stressful it can be living in the US these days, especially for families. Life as a middle-class family, for many, means living paycheck to paycheck.
I understand that stress far too well. After the birth of my first child, I quit my job so I could stay home with her. That cut our income in half! There were many moments of feeling stressed about our finances during those first few years as we survived by the skin of our teeth, paycheck to paycheck.
Over the years, as we’ve added 4 more children to our family, I’ve learned quite a few tips and tricks to help our family make ends meet. Whenever I talk with a mom-to-be who is stressed about the impact her new child(ren) will have on her finances, I try to share my story and let other moms know that having a baby doesn’t have to mean you will go broke. With self-control and determination, you CAN raise a baby on a budget. Today I’m going to share tips to help you do just that!
4 Tips to Raise a Baby on a Budget
For the first few years of my oldest daughter’s life, I didn’t buy a single piece of clothing for her! She had plenty of clothes between the hand-me-downs and the new clothing she would get as gifts from family and friends. Not only did we get clothing as hand-me-downs, we were also given a number of baby gear products too.
You can actually get by with quite a minimal amount of baby gear and clothing. It can be so easy to see a new piece of baby gear or a piece of adorable baby clothing and WANT it (trust me, with 5 kids, been there, done that!) but I can also tell you that the clothing I splurged on (even though my child didn’t NEED it) because it was just SO cute ended up only being worn a handful of times. I’ve learned to control those impulses (usually) and remind myself to only spend money on true essentials.
With each baby, I find that I have fewer baby gear items than I did with the last baby. You just learn over the years that so many things just take up space and aren’t truly needed.
For the things you DO need and aren’t given, it’s a great idea to shop secondhand. These days, Facebook’s Marketplace feature makes it easy! I see baby gear and baby clothing on my local Marketplace all the time and normally at a savings of about 75% off the cost of buying these things new!
The only thing I would suggest NOT purchasing secondhand would be a car seat unless you know the person selling it well and they can assure you that it’s never been in an accident.
Not only can you purchase the products you will need for baby secondhand but then you can also resell them after your baby is finished using them. If you take good care of the products, you may be able to resell them for nearly what you paid!
Choose Parent’s Choice
Some things you’ll have to have and you won’t be able to purchase them secondhand. I’m talking about essentials like diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food. Even though you will need to purchase these items new you don’t have to pay premium prices for a premium product!
I learned way back during my days of working in daycare, long before I had children of my own, that the Parent’s Choice brand – available exclusively at Walmart – performed just as well if not better than the competition. In fact, when it comes to diaper blowouts, I saw the fewest in children that were wearing Parent’s Choice diapers. I frequently purchase Parent’s Choice diapers and wipes for my own children. The wipes have a thicker consistency which I really find helpful and the diapers still work just as great as they did over 10 years ago.
And, although I’ve never used formula myself since my babies have been exclusively breastfed, I’ve cared for many babies who have thrived on Parent’s Choice formula. I know so many moms who make the switch to Parent’s Choice formula and regret not doing it sooner. Not surprisingly, Parent’s Choice was named 2018’s best baby formula by Baby Bargains.
Parent’s Choice offers 4 different types of formula to meet the unique needs of baby: Parent’s Choice Infant Non-GMO Formula, Parent’s Choice Advantage Non-GMO Infant Formula, Parent’s Choice Sensitivity Infant Formula, Parent’s Choice Added Rice Starch Formula, and Parent’s Choice Gentle Formula. That’s right, Parent’s Choice formulas are all GMO-free?!
These four GMO-free formula options feature a blend of nutrients that support your baby’s growth and development and are nutritionally comparable to the national brands, all while being one of the most affordable brands on the market. In fact, Parent’s Choice formula is up to 50% cheaper than the other National brands! Since your baby will need to drink formula for the first year, that translates into a substantial saving!
You’re already shopping at Walmart so you can save money, make the switch to Parent’s Choice formula to save! Do you use Ibotta? This $3.00 cash back offer from Ibotta for Parent’s Choice formula will save you even more!
Following these tips has saved our family hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars over the years.
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