Savings Secrets: Tips for having a frugal pregnancy
This week we're discussing pregnancy on the blog. With Spring and Summer finally arriving, there's also a boom in babies happening as well. I'm sure there's a logical, scientific, birds-bees reason for this, but we won't go into all that...
Instead, let's talk about some ways to save and have a frugal pregnancy. Much safer topic, right? ;)1. The clothes.
As if it wasn't bad enough that we have to purchase an entirely new wardrobe, but we also have to deal with the knowledge that this expensive, new line of clothing will only be worn for a few months. That's why it's imperative to be as frugal as possible in purchasing your pregnancy wardrobe.
2. The food.
- Become a thrift shop guru.
- Hit up the consignment sales at local Churches.
- Plan to go to some garage sales.
- Check the clearance racks in the maternity section at the stores in your area.
- Connect with friends or family that have recently been pregnant, and see if they are willing to pass on some hand-me-downs.
- Still struggling? Find a pregnancy support center in your area (GIYF).
Along with pregnancy comes in increase in appetite. You're eating for two now, and once you get past the months of nausea, you'll be craving more and more food...and seriously...you'll eat a lot!
- Use coupons in your grocery shopping.
- Shop the sales cycles...if it's on sale then that's the best time to buy.
- Increase the protein that you have on your shopping list. Eggs, legumes, meat...that baby wants some protein. If you focus on the whole foods with a lot of protein vs. the processed foods, then baby gets what he/she needs and you're spending less on boxed foods.
- If you have the WIC program in your area, this is a great way to supplement your grocery spending on fruits, veggies, milk, cheese, beans and more.
3. The medical.
It's so expensive to have a baby nowadays. Hopefully you have good insurance. But even if you do, the co-pays and premiums can put a damper on your monthly spending. As long as everything is going well with the pregnancy, don't plan for anymore visits or procedures other than what the Doctor recommends.
- Many people opt for natural births at local midwiferies as these are a lot less expensive.
- A normal vaginal birth is less expansive than having a C-section, but if a C-section is necessary, then there's really no way to avoid the added expense.
- Purchase a a good prenatal supplement (Nature's Sunshine has a good, inexpensive one that can be found at most herb shops), and vitamin K is a good supplement towards the end of pregnancy.
- Do regular pregnancy exercises.
When it comes to the medical side of things, the more you prepare ahead of time and stay healthy, the easier labor and delivery is likely to go. And as always, discuss all these things with your Doctor before proceeding. What are some of your tips for saving and having a frugal pregnancy?
Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at TheThriftyMama.com.