Have a little tyke on the way? Then you more than likely know that your little bundle of joy will bring some major adjustments to your checkbook. When my sister-in-law asked for advice on preparing for her first baby, I was more than eager to share ways to save money before the little one is born. I have two little boys of my own and I know first-hand that having a baby changes everything, including your finances.
The good news is that it’s becoming easier for busy expectant moms to take advantage of special offers that are available. If you’re expecting or know someone who is make sure you grab some of these freebies:
Coupons & Samples
It’s easy to obtain samples and coupons from the top baby product companies. Sign up on their websites to receive the deals by mail. Also fill out their contact form/email. Let them know that you’re a new mom and would like to receive coupons and samples. You may be surprised at what will show up at your door. If you plan on using formula, be sure to sign up with the formula companies as they are known to send out many samples, as well as high value formula checks.
Diaper Companies: Huggies, Pampers, Luvs
Formula Companies: Similac, Enfamil, Gerber
Baby Food: Beech-nut, Gerber
Diaper Rash Cream: Johnsons, Aveeno, Bourdeoux Butt Paste email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Retail Gift Bags
Open a registry in person at retailers such as Babies R’ Us, BuyBuyBaby, Ideal Baby & Kids and Target. These retailers are known for their generous goody bags obtained by simply opening a registry. You could open the registries in person and add items later via the internet if you are short on time. Also, Motherhood Maternity gives away a free gift bag for making your first in-store purchase. There is no minumum amount you must spend to get the gift bag.
Doctor's Office Goodies
Pediatrician offices, hospitals and even some OB/GYN offices are packed with baby product samples. Don’t be afraid to ask for samples just before you leave the hospital and at every doctor's appointment. Formula, diapers, and diaper rash creams are almost always available, as well as high value coupons.
Grocery Store Baby Clubs
Sign up for your Grocery Stores Baby Clubs. Publix & Winn-Dixie will send you generous store coupons for free products such as diapers, wipes and high value coupons on all the best baby products. Even better, you can combine a manufacturer coupon with the store’s coupon that they mail to you for more money off; and you’ll possibly be able to get even more free products. You can sign up for these clubs free in store, or on their websites.
Freebies Once Baby Arrives!
Did you know that you can request a congratulatory Card from the President? Just Mail the baby's date of birth, full name and address to: The White House, Attn: Greetings Office, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20502.
Sign up at ringling.com for the “Baby’s first circus” program once your little one is born to receive a free Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus ticket to use anytime in the future. You have until baby turns one year to sign up.
These free samples will not only help you save money, but is an excellent way to try new products before dedicating yourself to buying them. Also, purchasing baby diapering essentials when you see a great deal now, before baby arrives, is a great way to lessen the burden on your wallet after the baby is here.
Happy Savings! And have a happy, healthy Pregnancy!
-Melissa Cid is a Miami Lakes Mom of two, blogging about coupons and deals to Help keep money in your family's pocket at www.savingmomsmoney.com