5 Ways to Save/Make Money When You Have a Baby on the Way
Having a baby is incredibly exciting, but in many ways, it can also be very overwhelming. There is a lot to organise and think about before the baby comes. Even those couples that have been trying to conceive for a long time often struggle with all the emotions and the giant to-do list that needs completing before the baby is born. Then, there is the financial aspect. Babies need a lot of stuff, which means you have a lot to buy on what might soon be a reduced income.
The best way to combat this is to start saving and earning a little extra money wherever you can. Here are some great ideas on how you can save or earn extra while preparing for your new baby.
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is usually a lot cheaper when it comes to both food and baby supplies. Buying nappies and other essentials in large packages or when they are on “buy 2 for…” type deals. Don’t worry about having too much of anything. That’s not possible in the first few weeks.
When it comes to food shopping, instead of buying the cheapest option, look at the labels to find the price per kg or ml. You will often find it works out much cheaper to buy the larger option.
Collecting coupons is a great way to save money on shopping, activities and days out. Look online for discount codes and in your usual magazines and newspapers for some fantastic options. Also, you can save money on your everyday purchases through cashback websites.
Consider Renting a Room/Driveway
If you’ve got a spare room, unused driveway or empty attic, rent them out to earn some money. The money does add up, just make sure you can afford to lose the space before committing.
Work Up Until Your Due Date
Your maternity pay probably isn’t going to be as much as your usual income and as time is limited, you will want to extend it as much as possible. The best way to keep earning an income and get more time off after the baby is born is to make sure you work for as long as you can. Speak to your employer about it and find out if they’d be willing to change your shifts, extend your breaks, or offer you shorter days as your due date gets closer.
Sign Up to Baby Newsletters
Most supermarkets, baby shops, and online baby groups have newsletters. Sign up for as many as you can find. You’ll be sent advice, money off codes, special offer alerts, and even free gifts. While some email subscriptions can get annoying, baby newsletters are more than worth it.
Do not let yourself get too stressed out about money. Pregnancy is hard enough without added worries. Try these tips and ask for help if you need it. Your pregnancy should be an exciting and special time, so don’t let money worries ruin it.
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