Saving Money on Newborn and Baby Clothes: Three Ways to Get the Best Deals Online

Raising a child is not easy. If you have to deal with the expenses head on, you can expect to spend $222,360 from birth to age 18 (NY Times, 2010). We’re all aware these numbers have increased since the last recession and it may get worse before your little one is here.

Plan Early for Expenses

Search for the best children’s clothes early. You may run into deals at baby stores during the prime of your pregnancy and find deals worth taking a risk on. After you learn the gender of your child, make a plan on how to shop for the best deals online and in stores. Start saving at least 10-15% of your salary to prepare for the costs to manage a newborn and prepare for unexpected events.

Use Online Baby Coupons

You can find a coupon for everything baby at the Nothing comes close to package deals on shipping, 20-40% off baby clothes, furniture and more. Until now, the aspect of family planning could have cost the expected $222,360, but you can take steps to cut the average bill now.

Consider Buying Older Clothes Now

Birth to three-month old clothing only lasts three months. Why not buy bigger sizes in bulk? Consider visiting a discount warehouse with baby clothing to get the best deals. Find deals for JJ Cole BundleMe,, JC Penney and Wal-Mart for kids’ clothes at your favorite stores when you visit during your planning.

Expenses for newborns are skyrocketing. The expenses your parents spent on clothes are not even close according to the U.S.D.A. Study. You’re actually spending 22 percent more than your parents did in 1960 (NY Times, 2010). Why not take the chance to save a few of those bucks? Plan your shopping online and get the best deals for your baby’s clothes.

Stop the Extra Spending: Two Reasons Eating at Home is Going to Save You Money

Everyone knows it’s easier to cook at home, when you know how to cook. Others are learning the basics of using home cooked meals as a way to beef up their savings accounts, emergency funds and general finances.

Consider the following example:

After spending about $20 on random dinner items at Chili’s for a single night, you’re generally spending $100 plus an additional 15% gratuity tip for five visits a month. You can visit a few stores like Wal-Mart, Food Lion, Lowe’s Foods or Sam’s Club to spend the same amount of money to pay for six to ten meals for my family.

Now which is better – eating at home or eating out? It is pretty obvious that you are losing money by not eating at home. In fact, there are at least two reasons why eating at home will help keep you out of debt.

You get more for your money.

Coupon shopping is the best way to get the most for your money. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars for your family to eat out, you can invest in bulk purchases at your local grocery store. Take a little inventory of what your family members love the most, then learn how to cook it.

Look for coupons from your favorite stores at, then make your lists. Visit YouTube to watch videos making your favorite foods and viola; you’re not going to spend an extra dime for the frills offered at the restaurant, but you’ll cook amazing food at home.

It’s free aka NO TIP INCLUDED.

Cooking at home is free.You do not have to worry about the prices of your foods because you’ll buy them in bulk. You’ll also have enough food for seconds, desserts, and more from the money you saved shopping in the grocery store. Sometimes it’s okay to leave the restaurants alone for a few months to save some extra cash. No one is going to miss you, but the waitress.

Thousands of households have switched from avid restaurant eaters to home chefs. If you’re curious of where your extra money is going, it may show up on your bank statement as a restaurant bill. Not only are you spending money for more thrills and frills, you’re eating away at your savings and disposable income to enjoy less food for more money.

E-commerce performance over Christmas

Christmas 2011 performanceSmartphone users and computer lovers flocked online to make purchases during Christmas in 2011. According to IBM’s Coremetrics Benchmark for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, mobile sales were up to 10.8 percent compared to 3.6 percent in 2010.

Although these numbers show an edgy increase, IBM’s report notes the growing trend of e-commerce taking its place in the retail industry, as more customers find it easier to make purchases at home instead of spending extra money traveling to in-store deals.

Cyber Monday was the beginning for mobile bargain hunters who visited their favorite sites for lower prices. Orders were placed with large retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Apple that increased mobile web traffic by 200%. An increase in consumer spending is also a sign shoppers have extra money to spend online – from $193.24 per person in 2010 to $198.26 per person.

According to IBM’s Coremetrics Report, buyers found it relatively easy to buy themselves gifts during the holidays because of free shipping, clearance prices and ease of mobile e-commerce sites. According to IBM’s study, more customers plan on using their mobile phones to buy gifts instead of using their computers. If this trend keeps building, what will Santa Claus have to do on the holidays?