How to Save on Baby Gear

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Every experienced parent I ask seems to swear by one baby product or another and so my husband and I have amassed quite the collection of baby stuff in hopes of having everything we might need to take care of our little bundle of joy. Of course all of that cute, tiny stuff does not come cheap so I'm always on the lookout for ways to save on baby gear. I am definitely not an expert, but I have managed to save a lot of money on some big purchase items with these tips I've gathered along the way.

Coupons

I'm not an extreme-couponer by any means, but I do clip coupons from the newspaper inserts and use store phone apps that provide you with coupons and discounts. My favorite app is the Target Cartwheel app.

Baby Show

For the cost of a $10 ticket, my husband and I attended a baby show and accumulated tons of free samples of baby formula, diapers and bottles worth way more than $10.

Complete your registry discounts

After your baby shower, you can purchase whatever you don't receive off of your registry at a 10-20% discount depending on the store.

Bulk warehouse stores

A bulk warehouse like BJs or Costco is by far the best place to buy things like diapers and wipes. You need a large supply of those things anyways so don't worry about having too much and you save a lot of money by buying in bulk. Plus the warehouses have their own brands that cut the cost in almost half.

But my absolute favorite way of saving money on baby products is:

Hand-me-downs

Your baby is not going to know if a brother, friend or even a stranger used something before them. As long as it's in good condition, I have found that this is the best way to save money. You can visit baby thrift and consignment stores or even better get stuff donated to you just by asking your family and friends. I've received a crib (that costs $1,200 brand new and was barely used!), crib mattress, bathtub, bouncer, walker, toys, books, blankets and clothes which amounts to huge savings.