Surprisingly, you probably already own a lot of items that can double as baby supplies. If you are expecting a baby and are trying to manage credit card debt, save money by reusing items from around the house.
Household Items That Double As Baby Supplies
Using common household items is one strategy to lower the costs of baby supplies. Babies grow quickly and many things are only needed for a short time, so the less money invested the better. Here are some things from the home that you can reuse for baby that will provide savings to use for debt reduction.
Bath Time Baby Supplies
Babies love taking baths. Just like grown-ups, they need towels and washcloths to use for bath time. Do they need special baby ones? Unfortunately, you don’t need the cute towels with hoods and fun prints. Simply use the towels & washcloths already stocked at home.
Babies also need bath toys. Collect the Tupperware whose lids have been missing for the last three years and put them to good use as bath toys. Lids, containers and other plastic baby toys you already own are the perfect entertainment for your little one.
Baby Supplies for Nursing & Eating
If you plan to nurse, you may be wondering if you need a special nursing pillow. You probably don’t need a specifically branded nursing pillow. A normal pillow can act as a nursing pillow brilliantly. Some moms find nursing pillows awkward and don’t end up using them. Keep that money, and apply it toward credit card debt.
When baby starts eating real food, bust out the food processor and whip them up something from the fridge. You will save money on food by making your own. While a Baby Bullet is nice, a regular food processor will do the same job.
Your everyday household dishtowels can double as bibs. Bibs aren’t too expensive, but every penny counts if your goal is to eliminate debt!
Other Baby Supplies From Around the Home
Reuse a purse or large bag as a diaper bag. The style will reflect your own, and you can keep the bag for other uses once the baby transitions out of diapers.
Making some DIY nursery decorations is another great money saver. Do you have some cute frames around the house or other decor pieces you could transform into nursery items? Any curtains with a fun print? Babies don’t need to be super stylish, but some color and pattern can be good for their development and enjoyment.
Finally, if baby is looking for a new toy to play with, head back to the kitchen instead of the toy store. Utensils, pot holders, and soft measuring cups are wonderful options. (Always supervise your little ones with everything.)
Remember, your baby is much less invested in how new or cute something is. If you find a killer deal for one of these products that will improve your life, by all means, buy it. The idea is to look around the house first before spending money on extravagant baby supplies. This small adjustment can help reduce the chance of gaining more consumer debt.
To speak to a credit counselor today about budgeting and managing your finances, call American Consumer Credit Counseling at 800-769-3571.