- January 3, 2006 at 10:12 pm #235206
For us we found that midwives and a birthing center was way cheaper
than an OB & hospital, about 1/3 the cost. It was also a much nicer
experience for us. Home birth would be even cheaper and we’re
considering that if we have more.
Other than that there is breastfeeding, and if you use formula sign up
for freebies and wic if you qualify and buy store brand if your baby
tolerates it and you don’t get wic.
i use cloth diapers during the day and disposables only on my 11 month
old and only at night and on long trips. My 2 yr old is just in
cloth. I didnt pay much for my diapers, a friend gave me a ton of
prefolds and covers and a WAHM I know needed sewing practice so she
sewed me some all-in-ones for the cost of materials.
I have purchased
used as well, they really have a fantastic longevity. I don’t use
store brand dipes on my babies, only Huggies and I usually get them
cheaper than store brand with a coupon. I’ve also found the warehouse
stores are the best place to buy diapers for me, especially since my
2yr old and 11 mo old weigh the same and are in the same size.
several cases when they have a BJs coupon in the sales paper and then
i double up with a manuf. coupon. I normally pay $18 for the $26 case
and it lasts a month between the two of them since i use the cloth
during the day.
warehouse stores also seem to be the best place for me to get wipes,
medicines, baby bath, even supplies like a bassinette and carseats.
I get almost all of our clothing free or used, and most of it in
really good shape. I dont shop thrift that often, but I do shop
cheapcycle and ALWAYS accept handmedowns, even if i dont like them or
they are the wrong size! if you say no once ppl are less likely to
pass more down to you!
I dont typically feed my babies babyfood, i nurse or bottle feed until
they are old enough to eat table food, and then I just mash it up,
normally somewhere between 8 and 12 months, depending on which kid it
I dont buy dreft, never have. I use Gain free or Tide free, we are
very selective in our detergents because of skin allergies in my 7 yr
old and my husband and those are the only two they dont react to (both
are procter & gamble, which we buy only as a last resort). I use ecos
brand baking soda-based detergent on newborn clothes and on whites.
i am very selective as to what i bring into my home with
babies…meaning i know now that i dont need every gadget out there.
if baby has food, clothing, diapers, shelter and loving caregivers,
they have enough! when i do need something i see if i can borrow
first, then i comparison shop online and ask stores to match prices (i
love froogle.com!). i ask people to save coupons for me too!
i manage to feed the 6 of us, 2 kitties and two horse-size dogs on a
special diet for $130 a week, including diapers, toiletries and
formula (I was only able to nurse my son for 9 months, he’s turning 1
next week and we’re moving him to enriched rice milk). I know I can
do better, but I buy as much organic as I can and we spend a small
fortune in milk & cheese alternatives on the toddlers since they can’t
have dairy but they LOVE it!
I homeschool them too and spend about $300/yr for everything we need,
the only extra we have presently is dance and acting classes, which
run me about $80 a month for the two older kids (together).
Anyhow, i pretty much introduced myself and replied right there 🙂
I’m meg, homeschooling/freelancing/SAHM to 4 kids, ages 9, 7, 2 1/2
and almost 1!
Date: Thu Dec 1, 2005 4:11 pm
Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: Baby on a Budget itszen4me