Ah, there is nothing like being an
expectant mom. Along with your expanding waistline comes the ever
growing list of products for you and your new bundle of joy.
Preparing for a new baby can be a costly experience, especially in
the areas of clothing and nursery furniture. The good news is that
it does not have to be!
Let's talk about buying baby
clothes...think RESALE! Every new mom gushes over the adorable
clothing available for babies, but they often come with a not so
adorable price. Resale clothing costs a fraction of the retail
price. Buying resale clothing does not equal buying trash! Moms sell
their baby's clothing to resale stores for a variety of reasons.
Babies outgrow clothes so quickly (normally before they show any
wear) they simply cannot use them anymore. Many precious newborns
receive more clothes than they can wear in a season (everyone loves
to buy baby clothes for shower gifts–they are just too cute!) that
cannot be returned and they end up in resale stores with the tags
still on! If you have the time and know what you are looking for,
you can find plenty of designer and brand name clothing for a steal!
Buy now...save later! There is more
beauty to the changing of the seasons than just the landscape! As
the temperatures change, so do the prices of baby clothing! Most
stores slash the price of their clothing up to 75% by the end of the
season to make room for new clothes. Take advantage of this by
buying a size or two larger than your baby's current size for
him/her to wear the next year. The savings are amazing!
Another large expense when you are
preparing for a new baby is furniture for the nursery. A good place
to start when considering which pieces to buy is determining how
much room you have to work with? Do you have a large room or do you
need multipurpose furniture? A crib is a necessity and a given;
however, you can pick and choose other nursery pieces. Combination
pieces such as dresser/changing table combos are available at some
stores and can save you from buying two pieces. Cribs with attached
drawer space that convert to toddler beds are also available and
will save you a lot of space. Thinking ahead when buying nursery
furniture will save you both time and money in the future. By buying
a combination piece of furniture for your nursery, you eliminate
having to sell furniture you no longer need, as well as spending
time looking for and more money on new "big kid"
Now that you have decided what to
buy, it is time to shop! Once again, think resale! There are many
children's resale stores that carry pre-owned nursery furniture for
50% or more off retail. They usually have several styles to choose
from in different price ranges. If you find something you like, they
will usually hold it for you (if you were not really prepared to
take it home) and some stores may even have lay away plans.
Another great place to buy pre-owned
furniture is the classified ads in your local newspaper. Seller's
usually place ads on Thursday or Friday so they can catch the
weekend readers. If you find something you are interested in, call
quickly! Good furniture does not last long! Make sure you ask the
seller plenty of questions. It is important to know before heading
out to look at furniture things like the manufacture name, the age,
if they have pets (if you are buying cushioned items and allergies
are an issue for your family) and the exact color (if it is not
adequately described in the ad). Asking these questions may be
uncomfortable, but they can save you a lot of time and gasoline
looking at something you know you will not be interested in. When
you do look at pre-owned furniture from the newspaper, take someone
with you and know what you are looking at. Are the style and the
manufacturer of the furniture worth what the seller is asking for
it? Is the furniture reasonably priced for it's age and condition?
With a little knowledge, buying pre-owned nursery furniture can save
you BIG money!
Awaiting the arrival of your new baby
is an exhilarating time! Add to the excitement by saving money on
quality gently worn (and sometimes new) clothing and pre-owned
Susan Koiner is a
SAHM, and former teacher, of three great kids ages seven, four and
three. Her family, like many others, struggles with the challenges
of "one income" and from this comes her passion for
finding creative ways to save money. Susan is also the owner and
creator of the online shopping directory www.momsmegamall.com.