We’re all aware that having a baby is expensive – astronomically expensive; everything from hospital bills, to diapers to baby clothes. It adds up fast. Luckily, there are a number of ways to save money during and after pregnancy.

  1. Insurancebaby
    First and foremost is insurance. I know this isn’t an option for everyone but I can’t stress enough how vital this is for pregnancy. The amount of doctors visits that these 9 months require are almost overwhelming. Insurance will help a lot.
  2. Be Aware of Hospital Add-Ons
    Hospitals can be like a cheap airline – everything costs extra. Check to see how much it costs to have a private room, if that is something that you’re looking for. Some hospitals charge $300 + for the privacy. Is it worth it?
  3. Breastfeed
    Again, this isn’t always an option but if at all possible, do it! Breastfeeding is healthy for you and your baby plus it will save you at least $1,400 in your child’s first year. That is kind of hard to say no to.
  4. Don’t go Crazy on Baby Clothes
    This is so important. Babies will outgrow their clothes in weeks, months if you’re lucky. I know those $60 baby Pumas are so cute but they’re also really unnecessary. Something else worth noting is that it is best to buy onsies, socks and undershirts in white. This way, you can bleach them instead of having to treat each stain separately, which costs more money and time.
  5. Return Unwanted Gifts as Soon as Possible
    Baby showers are great. You’ll hopefully be gifted the majority of your necessities, which will make your life a lot easier and cheaper. However, you also get a lot of doubles and products that you just don’t need. When this happens, return them ASAP! Most stores put time limits on returns, which means you’re going to be out of luck if you go too late.
  6. Buy Diapers in Bulk
    This is another really important suggestion. Going to Costco and purchasing 228 diapers at a time is worth it. What do I mean by worth it? Well, it will save you about $180 a year.What are some other ways we can save money during and after pregnancy? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below!