Buy used for baby when you can will save your family’s budget time and time again. Knowing when to buy used and when to buy new is a powerful tool in your financial toolbox that will help to keep your family’s financial health strong.
Infants and young children grow so fast they can be in and out of a size in just a few weeks. This makes buying new clothing extremely expensive and unnecessary. You can easily find gently used and even brand new outfits (some with the sales tags still on them) for a fraction of the cost at thrift stores, yard sales, and even on Ebay. When I was pregnant with KC that is how I bought 99% of his clothing, and still do. Although I did buy his “coming home outfit”, and newborn pictures outfit brand new, on clearance and with a coupon.
Frugal Family Tip: If you’re planning on having more than one child it is worth the effort to store all (not just infant) the clothing your child has outgrown for the younger siblings. I have done this with my own children and it has saved me hundreds of dollars over the past five years.
Frugal Baby Tips: Buy Used Baby Gear
Buying used isn’t just for clothing. Below is a small list of other things you should consider buying used:
- Crib mattresses – if in good condition
- Rattles and other infant toys
- Books – it’s never too early to start reading to your child
- Infant swing
- Bassinet or cradle
- Baby monitors
- Nursery décor
- Breast pump
I personally bought everything (except the stroller) on the above list at yard sales before KC was born. It saved me hundreds of dollars and has gone through two kids quite well. Today those items are safely tucked away in the attic waiting on a 3rd child to use them as well. Before you ask, no I’m not pregnant, just prepared.
Important Note: Before buying used car seats, swings, or cribs make sure that there are no recalls on those items. Sometimes a recall can happen without the seller even knowing about it.
Buying a used breast pump was one of my great finds when preparing for KC’s arrival. I bought a used Medela pump for $40.00 and it came with 8 bottles, a car charger, extra tubing, extra flanges, extra breast cups, a travel cold pack and 12 unused breast milk storage bags. Had I purchased those things brand new it would have easily cost me over $500!
I know it may seem weird buying a used breast pump and accessories but it really is worth it. You do not need to worry about contamination as everything from the bottles to the breastshields can be boiled with no problems. If you still don’t feel comfortable with the idea, the bottles, tubing, flanges, and breastshields can all be easily replaced with new from Amazon or Babies R’ Us.
Do you have any frugal baby tips for buying used items? What items did you buy used when preparing for baby?
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