A message from your Couponing Coach & Savings Strategist
Having children can be one of the greatest joys in life. I mean, think about it. You have the opportunity to mold and shape this beautifully designed creature who shares many of your own features into this wonderful human being that impacts the world greatly. What an amazing responsibility! The truth is- I haven’t yet traveled this path. I don’t have children myself, but I have those same hopes and desires that every expectant mother has before and during her pregnancy. I envision being the most active and involved parent that I possibly can. I’m head of the PTA, baking goodies for the class, while lugging all of my child’s teammates in my oversized Soccer mom vehicle. Sounds great right? But, what if there was one thing that could prevent me (YOU) from being fully present and all that I can be (borrowed that one from the U.S army). What if that one thing was financial stress and worry?
DON’T LET BABY DRIVE YOU FINANCIALLY CRAZY
Some say the most expensive part of raising children is within the first few years. Others could arguably say that it’s when they become ever growing needy teens/tweens. The truth is, no matter what stage they are in life, children can be very expensive to raise. If you are an expecting mother or grandparent, now is the time to start planning for baby’s arrival. But no worries! Even if you have a baby on deck you can still get a game plan together that will save you time and money over the next couple of years. No one said it’s going to be an easy, but there is a method to calm the madness and it all starts with a strategic plan.
KNOW YOUR BABY NUMBERS
The first thing you need to do is write down any and every thing that you can think of that your baby and or toddler will need. Label column number one “need now” and column two as, “can wait.” Then begin to think about all the things your baby will need right away, like: diapers, wipes, onesies, bottles, food baby wash, furniture, and so forth. There are so many things that you will not think of and so click HERE to receive a FREE copy of my “Baby Needs What” Comprehensive Checklist for Baby Essentials. Okay! Now that you have a guideline, either check the boxes on my provided list or begin jotting down what you truly need under column one (need now list). All of the items that you can hold off on for a while, will go under your can wait section (e.g. seasonal clothing, stimulating toys, etc).
Thoroughly go through both list. Prioritize items you need now vs later and then begin looking both online and through local store ads to get an idea of what these items will cost you. There’s no need to start running around from store to store trying to get the best price. You can do all of the research right from the comfort of your own home. That’s what I call hassle-free window shopping like a pro. If you don’t know which stores have the best deals or how to get the lowest prices, I discuss this and more in my new eBook: Couponing for Tots, scheduled to launch on April 28th.
DRIVE PRICES DOWN WITH COUPONS
Well, if you didn’t know before reading this blog post, now I‘ll share with you that I am a couponing coach and savings strategist, so I absolutely could not end this short yet informative article without throwing coupons into the mix. So, after researching and locating some of the best prices, it’s time to drive down those prices with coupons. There are well 12 ways that you can obtain coupons. I will share a few that I discuss in my classes, but I have to withhold all of the secret juicy ones for my one-on-one and group coaching programs. The most common and well-known place to get coupons is through your Sunday paper. Also, check out magazines like All You and look for coupons on the Face book pages of your favorite brands. It doesn’t matter if you are purchasing bottles, toys, or baby furniture. One of the savviest ways to find coupons is through the well known site retailmenot.com Again there tons of ways you access coupons and you need to become familiar with all of them.
GET PAID TO SHOP
Cash back rebates apps are popping up all over the place. They offer so many options for ecoupons that it’s not even funny. You can choose to sign-up for very popular ones like Ibotta and Ebates, or do your own research. Just get into this game called savings. Trust me the savvy shoppers are winning every time.
COUPONING IS THE WAY!
As parents, I beg you to take advantage of the many ways you can get coupons and use them to cut down your cost. If you are unsure how to utilize coupons in the most effective way to build a stockpile for your baby using the least amount of money out of pocket, I invite you pre-order a copy of my latest eBook and or visit www.trendysavingsdiva.net to see what programs or services I offer that can assist you along your savings journey. Well, I sure hope these tips were helpful to all of you parents, aunties, uncles, and grandparents. Always remember that YOU have control over your spending habits. YOU can dictate the price you’re willing to pay in these stores and saving streets. Live below your means and within your needs. Set budgeting goals and find ways to CRUSH them. Babies are expensive, but don’t let baby drive you financially crazy!
~* Happy Parenting *~