We don't have anything saved up either. Were gonna start when we move in Dec because with what were paying for rent right now I don't even have a dime to spare for saving up. But once we get into a place that's more affordable were definitely gonna start putting a few dollars away every week.
We don't have anything saved! as money is very tight. We agreed we could have thousands saved and it still wouldn't be enough! it would mean that we would be able to buy very expensive things, lol.
So what we have done is spend a lot of time and energy doing research on products eg. travel systems (will they fit in the car? will we use all these bits? how much can we save by buying in a sale or as a bundle eg. Graco symbio travel system around £700 when bought indervidually bundle offer around £ 380 to £420 depending on where we look, converting exsisting furniture chest of draws sanded down and varnished and a lip added to make a changing unit. Also looking at ways to save money, coupons, baby clubs etc. Buying goods in sales or pre owned, and how to get great value per £1 like reusable nappies, breast feed instead of formula, puree our own baby food instead of jars and looking at things we would need that are functional and not because it looks pretty.
A great tip is to look at the goods you want and watch just how many times they are on offer througout the year, you'd be surprized and keep an eye out for seasonal sales!
We have been buying goods in sales such as bedding, steamer (£104.00 rrp we brought for £54.99 in sale, a cot set in mother care rrp £99.99 we paid 54.99 on sale ) We have even bagged the cot we wanted ( Mothercare playbead cot ) on ebay for £36.00 pre owned instead of £180 new! and it's immaculate!!! I wasn't keen on pre owned goods but in reality they are in use for such a short space of time it makes more sense.
Our friends have also given us things such as baby grows (in white), bouncer, baby gate and a wooden high chair all fantastic condition. The high chair for example is £69.99 in shops, free to us and because it's from our friends it makes them very speacial. When we do have our LO we will swap toys clothing, books etc.
At first we really didn't want pre owned items but this was simpily a matter of pride. So we decide the things we didn't want second hand such as mattress and travel system (these won't be bought untill well into late pg when we get our BFP)
Some ppl think we're bonkers buying items we think it's a great way to go money wise and it's a way of staying motivated. We're not bothered by having items in our home they are in the cupboard and we seem them as goods as opposed to ' our babys things' as DH said at worse we can sell them or make lovely gifts of them to those who really need them, it simply depends on how you feel about having them in ur house.
You will find ppl have a lot to say about buying good before BFP and they will piss you off but take time to remind urself that they are sharing their own fears / feeling about pg and they will not be ur worries and if they keep on just don't tell them!!!!
I currently have $1,600 dollars but in a couple days I'm getting another $775 and in october I'm getting another $2,500. That's about $5,000. and I should be getting another $5,000-6,000 in the spring. And I'm saving this up for both a cheap car and for the baby. And in the summer I am getting a job.
we just want some money put aside, so i can go on shopping trips lol and not think if i have enough! i know what you mean tiger, i wish i could buy things before hand i would love to get little bits on bobs but oh and me feel a little ooopssy about it due to our m/c. but my oh finishes uni next yr so if we are lucky enough to get our bfp this time this year we want some money in the bank for bills if he doesnt get a job str8 away.
We're not really saving any money either. We have a general savings account, and it has about $800 in it right now, but that's about it. Once I get pregnant I am going to put away as much money as I can so I can take my unpaid maternity leave and have a little money to work with. But as far as supplies for the baby, that's what baby showers are for. We don't plan on buying a single thing. We are going to wait till after the shower and only purchase things we absolutely need, assuming we don't them. Then I will be breast feeding, I will be caring for the baby and will try to work my work schedule around my husband's. And I'll be buying things real cheap! I truly think it's all about shopping smart. Buying only things you need, instead of buying things you want.
We are not saving any money either because money is super tight right now. We are getting a lot of second hand stuff. My SIL has boxes ready to give me once I find out that I am knocked up. The hubby is going to adjust his schedule so he can stay home and take care of the baby. We are trying to put money away but things just keep piling up on us and we have to use that money for something else, for example, the hubby just got a $1800 medical bill from his steroid infusions. Ugh.
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