Want to know why baby supplies are so expensive?? Because companies know that we will buy them anyway! While I am a firm believer that there is a vast amount of garbage products on the market for babies, I do know that there is just as much that is actually useful and necessary. So finding out how to save money on all those baby supplies can make a huge difference.
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The number 1 way to save money on baby supplies is to shop smarter. Just because you see a cute onesie in the store, doesn’t mean that you have to buy it, or that that is the best price for it.
I am a huge, I mean HUGE fan of shopping online. Being able to shop around for the best price and deal without having to hit 30 different stores is so useful to me. Especially since that means that I don’t have to try to cart my baby into all of those different stores. That just sounds like a nightmare.
If you do have to venture out into the stores, then having the right tools at your disposal can make your money saving goal a breeze.
I’m sure by now you’ve at least heard about Ebates. I saw the commercials for a while before I finally broke down and gave them a shot. I just didn’t believe that they really did just give you money to shop, but you know what? They really do!
I freaking LOVE Ebates! They have an extension for your browser that will let you know if there are cash back options for any website that you’re on. They also have a way to link your credit or debit card for when you’re shopping in an actual store. It’s great.
They also typically have some really great coupon offers as well that they will apply immediately to your order. I have saved so much money shopping online with them and then they just send me a check for extra cash! Checks go out once a quarter and that’s it. So easy.
I have saved HUNDREDS of dollars on Ebates!
Definitely give Ebates a try. You’ll be glad you did. Oh, and did I mention that it’s completely FREE to use and you get $10 just for signing up?!
Dosh is an app available on both Android and iPhone that allows you to get cash back instantly when you shop at participating retailers.
The cool thing about it is you can just kind of set it and forget it.
Link your cards, choose the places you like to shop, and BOOM cash in your pocket! It’s that simple.
There is a $25 payout minimum, but it won’t take long to build that up. They even give you $5 just for signing up and linking your first card.
Ibotta is a really great app/website that gives you cash back for your store receipts. You basically just look through the list of items that have cash back options available before you go to the grocery store and mark what you want.
After you’ve bought your items, you snap a picture of your receipt into the app and they give you your cash back. It’s that simple.
There is a $20 minimum before they will pay you out, but that won’t take you long to build up if you use it.
They typically always have cash back items for things like diapers, wipes, baby food, diaper cream, children’s medicines, all kinds of things. And they definitely have options for food, even alcohol depending on the store.
The app is completely free to use and getting cash back on things I was already planning on buying is amazing!
Amazon is awesome! I got a Amazon Prime Membership a few years ago and now I’ll never go back. That free 2-day shipping has saved me more times that I care to admit and not having to actually go out and pick up my items is amazingly helpful.
I also am a huge fan of the Subscribe and Save options. I have things like diapers, wipes, and laundry detergent on my subscription to be delivered to my door. It’s great because I can choose how often I want the items to be delivered. I can even skip shipments if I don’t need it and you can cancel the shipments at any time with no penalties.
They offer great discounts by signing up for the subscriptions too. Typically 5% though if you have 5 items in your subscription for the month you’ll get 15-20% off instead.
I love Amazon too because I can shop around a little bit to make sure that I’m getting the best deal. I love that they tell me the price per unit rather than just the price. So I can tell if one pack of diapers is actually cheaper than another pack because they’ll tell me the price per diaper. It’s awesome! I love Amazon!
I also use Amazon for all of my pumping supplies because finding that stuff in stores can be a bit tricky.
You can also shop on Amazon through your Ibotta app and get cash back from most of your purchases. Win win!
Oh, and if you don’t already have a baby registry, Amazon has a great one.
Printed coupons are definitely one of the best ways to save money on baby supplies. The require a little bit of work, but it can really pay off.
Now I’m not saying you need to become one of those extreme coupon fanatics (though if you can, teach me your ways), but having a few here and there is definitely worth it. Every little bit counts, right?
I’ll even use it to stock up on things that I don’t need very often like children’s Tylenol. It isn’t something that I need all the time, but when I do I definitely don’t want to be out of it. Buying it when it’s on sale for a rainy day is a much better solution. #teethingsucks
So, this one may require a bit of extra work on your part, but the payoff can be huge.
If there is a particular brand of diapers, wipes, formula, etc that you really like to use, reach out to that company and tell them that. Shoot them an email, sign up for their newsletter, get put on their mailing list and they will send you coupons. It totally works.
For instance, I like to use Pampers diapers and wipes. I’ll get emails every now and then for some freebies or some extra coupons. These are already things that I was going to buy so if I can save a couple of extra dollars then it’s definitely worth it.
Pampers also does a cool rewards program for their products. Every item has a code that you can put in their nifty little app that will rack up points. Though it takes a lot of points to get anything, it doesn’t take that long to really get them. They offer free diapers and wipes, and also things like toys, gift cards, and services like products from Shutterfly. It’s pretty cool.
Similac and Enfamil are also really good about mailing out coupons, and since formula is expensive, the coupons are typically pretty good. I normally get sent $15 off coupons. If you can combine that with an already discounted item then you’ve saved quite a bit of moola.
What other ways have you found for saving money on baby supplies? Leave me a comment below.
Until next time!
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