Babies are expensive. From medical costs and unpaid parental leave to diapers, day care, formula, and car seats, it can cost a small fortune to raise a child. For my family, having a baby meant we had to seriously revise our budget and lifestyle. So when I asked moms to reveal how they saved a ton of money during their pregnancy, all I could think was, "Wow, I could have used a few of these before my husband and I wound up with five kids."
Reddit user ABM12 recently shared some of her favorite tips for saving up for baby, then asked others to contribute their best money-saving ideas. Some of the commenters ideas were silly, because saving money by not drinking during pregnancy is somewhat of a no-brainer. Others seemed a bit unrealistic. like the first-time mom-to-be who plans to not use diapers (but, seriously, if it works can you teach me your ways?). Most of their suggestions were pretty darn awesome, though, and I have a feeling a lot of other soon-to-be parents are going to benefit from these rad suggestions.
From consignment sales, meal planning, and the constant use of coupons, to clearance racks, comparison shopping, and cloth diapers, these moms-to-be have some great ideas for saving money on baby essentials (and saving money for life in general). Fortunately, for us moms on a budget, there are deals to be had and a Target clearance rack full of adorable baby clothes at 70 percent off (because budget-conscious moms never pay full price for anything). Read on for more money-saving tips from real moms, because kids are expensive AF and we can use all the help we can get.