When your son or daughter was born, it was undoubtedly one of the most memorable and exciting experiences of your life. As parents can attest, nothing compares to holding your newborn for the first time – a feeling that one can only fully relate to by experiencing it firsthand.
Similarly, becoming a new parent can be a stressful time as well. You’re learning to care for your child and to budget for all of the additional expenses that you previously did not have.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to help young mothers and fathers adjust for the additional costs. Read on for our 30 favorite money-saving tips for new parents:
A number of free shopping apps can help you to manage a budget as well as save money on essential and non-essential items. Start using these seven apps to save money:
1) Search and shop for a particular item. Some apps may be able to help you shop for something you’re looking for. One of them, “The Hunt,” claims to have more than three million friends to help you shop, and explains that by posting a photo of an item or outfit, other people will tell you where to find it, help style it, or where to get it for less money. If you feel so inclined, you can help others do the same.
Tried-and-true ways for teaching kids about money range from paying your children an allowance, to buying them a piggy bank, to opening a savings account with them. If you have used any or all of those methods or are currently using them, by all means continue doing so — they’re excellent strategies.
However, not all children are automatically drawn to the subject of money, so you might find that your child is not as interested as you had hoped. For such children, a parent often needs to be a bit more creative and to come up with fun ideas for helping them to understand money.
If that is the case for your child, consider these fun ideas for teaching kids about money:
New books aren’t cheap, and costs can quickly pile up if your child is an insatiable reader. Luckily, there are ways to provide your child with books that won’t break the bank.
Of course, your local library is an excellent resource for free books. Sometimes though, the library isn’t always the best option. Exuberant children can damage books, return deadlines can be forgotten, and busy schedules can make getting to the library a challenge.
If that is the case for your family, you’ll need to find another way to save money on books. With the rise of digital technology, e-books have increasingly become a cheaper alternative to new books. If you hadn’t considered e-books yet, here are a few reasons why you might want to:
Clipping coupons from the Sunday newspaper was long a weekend ritual for many people wanting to save on everyday expenses. These days, between trying to get your baby to sleep and trying to function on little sleep yourself, there’s not much time left to read the newspaper, let alone clip coupons. Opportunities to save money quickly through digital coupons are plentiful. Before making purchases for baby, check out these and other online options that can help you stretch your dollar farther: