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Never refuse hand-me-downs, unless you absolutely know you won't be able to use it.

Cloth Diapering. Just buy about 3 dozen to start and you'll save HUNDREDS from not having to by disposable ones.

Breastfeeding. Not only is it healthier for your baby and creates more of a bond between the two, but it'll save from spending so much on formula and bottles.

Garage sales. You can get awesome deals here, and lots of times the stuff still looks like its in perfect condition. Why pay over a hundred for a highchair when you can get one just as good for 10 bucks? Sometimes you can find some kick-butt maternity stuff there too:)

Second hand stores - They're everywhere, AND they're cheap. And most have some pretty cool clothes that you could never tell are secondhand.

Homemade baby food. Yep, just make it yourself. Its just as healthy for your baby as baby food, but cheaper in the long run. I've heard if if make large quanities and freeze them in ice-cube trays w/ something over it, it works really well:)

Try to find a local Headstart. They are awesome and are cheaper than most daycare centers.

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Garage sales baby. I went and got a crib today from one. :D $15.
My roommate who is in carpentry and construction is going to take it apart, and reglue it and stuff so it isnt loose at all, then we are going to use a heat gun to strip the paint, then im going to repaint and varnish it:D
All I need to buy is paint and finish :D

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MissKitty wrote:
Garage sales baby. I went and got a crib today from one. :D $15.
My roommate who is in carpentry and construction is going to take it apart, and reglue it and stuff so it isnt loose at all, then we are going to use a heat gun to strip the paint, then im going to repaint and varnish it:D
All I need to buy is paint and finish :D

thats awesome:):D

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another take on garage sales, when your baby grows out of their old clothes, sell them at a garage sale!
to save money on babysitting, get a close relative (like grandma, or uncle) to watch them.

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Ebay!

Everyone told me I'd need a lot of onesies, but in the stores they were like 2 onesies for 12 bucks, which was too much. I ended up looking on ebay every week, and getting 30 used onesies for 15$ (ended up being around 25 with shipping)

Sometimes you can find some really great deals and lots on Ebay for way cheaper than store prices.

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oooh some other things i forgot

Baby showers.. make sure if your guest are going to be bringing gifts that they know what it is you need, that way you dont end up w/ a bunch of the same stuff.. (invite lots of people too;)) lol

If you know another mama take turns on certain days watching the kids. Ex: Friday you have them, Saturday they have them, that way you can both go out on the weekend but not have to worry about paying a babysitter.

Swap what you don't need with other mamas. (like the swap and give on here) If you don't need something anymore, theres bound to be someone else that does and visa versa.

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If you can't or don't want to breastfeed your baby, use goats milk! While goat's milk is expensive when compared with cow's milk, it's cheap when compared with formula. Also, it's healthier for your baby! The American Academy of Pediatrics gave the following list of infant feeding choices, in order of nutritional preference:

a) exclusive breastfeeding
b) expressed (pumped) breastmilk
c) donated breastmilk from a medically screened donor
d) goats milk
e) manufactured infant formula
(http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics%3b100/6/1035)

Goat's milk is about 12 cents an ounce at my local safeway, where even the least expensive infant formula is 35 cents an ounce. Since you mix formula with water, the cost is really more like 17 cents an ounce, but that's still more than nutritionally superior goat's milk, which you don't even have to bother mixing!

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Trade clothes w/ fellow mamas
ask for stuff you NEED to holidays, bdays, etc
federal/state assistance
buy store-branded foods
farmers markets

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lol.. can we sticky this so i can find if after i actually have my baby??

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Use face washers (or take old flannel sheets or even old flannel shirts and cut into sizes you can handle, you can either show 2 back to back for 2 ply or just sew around the edges of 1) instead of baby wipes, in 4 year's i've only brought baby wipes once.

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coupons, lots of em

you can get lots of free stuff/samples at free sites too..

http://www.killerfreebies.com - thats my moms site, theres lots of stuff in the baby section

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i think something i only saw heather mention was gov't assistance. we have it for a reason... so use it.

apply for WIC to help with formula or nutritional suppliments, apply for medicaid instead of paying for COBRA, theres also TANF, daycare subsidies and a ton of other gov't programs out there. They are also ways to help save some money.

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yes daycare assistance is my savior!! Free daycare while you go out and make money, oh yes.

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Imo, you dont need both a cot and a mosey (sp?) basket. I got given a cot and even though she dont use it (GRRRRR!) i dont think she would need a basket thing either.

Or co-sleeping is even cheaper.

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When you have a baby you need to shop at Babies R Us and Toys R Us and i would like to recomend you to that if you having babies just visit RetailMeNot, CouponCabin.com and CouponPark.com and get your desire offers at Babies R Us.