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Baby Needs on a Budget

Babies can be expensive, especially when you’re trying to be less wasteful and more environmentally friendly, but there are ways to cut corners. Because you’re living frugally, you’ll do a few things to ensure you will be able to afford getting through the first few years more easily.

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Things to Buy for a new Baby

A new baby is an exciting experience for mom and dad. You want to be sure the baby will have all the things necessary to begin life with, and that the nursery is a pleasant place to be in. Once the baby shower is over, sit down together and decide what new items might still be needed for your baby. Consider what you will need … Continue reading Things to Buy for a new Baby

Tightwad Gazette: Baby Formula Savings

Amy discusses baby formula savings on page 21 of The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I suggest breastfeeding if at all possible. However, I realize that there are circumstances under which this is not possible. When my daughters were babies, we used a combination of feeding methods. I did not breastfeed Skye at all, but I did breast feed Zowie for a couple of months. I used … Continue reading Tightwad Gazette: Baby Formula Savings

Homemade Laundry Detergent

My nephew and I recently made  a batch of homemade powdered laundry detergent. It is supposed to work very well, and is also supposed to be fine for baby clothes. We doubled the recipe so that I won’t have to make it as often. I have read that 1/8 cup per load should be enough, maybe just a tablespoon for baby clothes. I will experiment … Continue reading Homemade Laundry Detergent

Wholesome Baby Food The above link will take you to a wonderful site that discusses baby food stages, how to make and store homemade baby food, and even gives you numerous recipes. It is a wonderful resource, and will aid you in your frugal adventures. Making your own baby food would certainly save you a lot of money at the grocery store. Most, if not all, recipes … Continue reading Wholesome Baby Food

Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Well, I don’t have a pattern as I have not quilted anything yet. My sister is quilting using our father’s clothes and store bought fabric. Our father passed away a year-and-a-half ago, and she is making us memory pieces. I was thinking that we could do different things with old clothes, and here are some ideas for fabric to use: * Old Jeans would be … Continue reading Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Homemade Baby/Children’s Clothes from Other Items

There are frugal things that you can do with old clothes, sheets, pillow cases and other items that will help you more cheaply decorate baby rooms, and young children’s rooms, as well as to help clothe them. Here are some ideas to get you started: * Homemade mittens, scarves and hats from your old sweaters and fleece items. * Homemade curtains and valances from sheets … Continue reading Homemade Baby/Children’s Clothes from Other Items

Saving Money on Diapers

Sometimes, when the girls were younger, I would use cloth diapers. If I had it to do all over again, I would use them all of the time. Well, maybe whenever I was home. Which is most of the time. Or maybe all of the time, except when the baby started to sleep through the night. Who knows? I came across directions for cloth diapers today. They … Continue reading Saving Money on Diapers