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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Congratulations to all you new or expecting parents! We have tons of new babies to celebrate, so let’s talk couponing for baby. As a new mom, dad or even grandparent, you can start planning ahead and getting stocked before baby makes their debut and it will make the first few months a little less sleep-deprived!

I put together a fun list of 10 money saving tips for all you new moms and dads. This works for grandparents that want to help too!

Top Ten Money Saving Tips for New Parents

  1. Weekly Baby Deals Lists on Southern Savers
    Each week we post a list of all the best baby deals you can get around town. This is a great way to quickly see which store has the best prices on everything from wipes to baby food.  You can also use the item search to find exactly what you need on sale on right now.
  2. Stocking up on Diapers
    One of my most popular baby posts covers stocking up on diapers, what price you should pay and how many you’ll need. Use it as a guide to stock your diaper closet at a fraction of their retail price.  Generally I’m looking to not pay more than $4.50 a pack on diapers and this post details how!!
  3. Cloth Diapers
    If you’d rather try your hand at saving on cloth diapers, we’ve covered that too!  They can be a great way to save money and resources if you can incorporate it into your routine.
  4. Make Your Own Baby Food
    To save on baby food, use coupons for jars or pouches but also consider making your own baby food. During summer months produce can be really inexpensive and you can freeze it ahead.
  5. Sign up for Baby Registries & Publix Baby Club
    Whether this is your 1st or your 5th you should always make a baby registry!  You’ll get free gifts & coupons from Amazon, Target, Babies R Us and many others!  One of my favorite grocery store perks for becoming a new parent is the Publix Baby Club. They send you a free book, all sorts of store coupons and even a few coupons for free products!
  6. Stock up for Mom & Dad Too
    Don’t forget to have your pantry and medicine cabinet stocked too so that you don’t have to run out and pay full price because you ran out of toothpaste. Couponing in the months before baby arrives can really take a lot of stress and financial burden off new parents.
  7. Save on Baby Gear by Price Matching
    Never shop for large baby items without cost comparing with Amazon, Target and other large retailers. If you need something today and can’t wait for it to be shipped, take advantage of price match policies at Target, Walmart or Babies R Us and get the item today for the online price!
  8. Shop Secondhand
    Venture out to local thrift shops, Goodwill stores and consignment sales. You’ll often find gently used clothing (sometimes they still have the tags on) at a fraction of the retail price. Create a stylish wardrobe for your bean without emptying your wallet.
  9. Never Say No to Hand-Me-Downs
    The truth about baby gear is that you only need it for a short time. Most parents of toddlers now have a garage full of stuff they aren’t using. Talk to friends and relatives about inheriting their unused stuff. It’s a great way to save and they’ll be happy it goes to someone who can use it.
  10. Check Your Insurance Coverage for a Free Breast Pump
    Most health insurers are now required to cover some type of breast pump. Talk with your provider and see what your options are. This could be a way to save a few hundred dollars!

With a new baby in the house, I’m constantly looking for extra ways to save. All you other seasoned mamas, feel free to chime in with your favorite savings tips! I always get inspired when y’all leave comments!

    • Janet

      What is you calculation for babies second year? How many diapers? What is a good price for wipes. Thanks

      • tori729

        I would say $1 and less for a 60-70 pack of wipes is a good deal.

    • Dereck

      The trick to making the use of cloth diapers cheaper than disposables is to wash them in cold and line dry them. Either that or getting hand-me-downs of free diapes instead of buying them Otherwise cloth diapers can end up costing just as much, and often more, than disposables .

      The problem is that with cloth diapers there is typically a fairly high upfront cost which is when using even a conservative cost of capital the ‘interest” can be considerable. If you don’t have to pay for the diapers, this problem goes away.

      The other major factor in the cost of cloth diapers is the energy to wash and dry the diapers. Most of the energy used in washing is in the heating of the water. If you are willing to wash the poopy diapers is cold instead of hot, and line dry, a significant portion of you disposable diaper costs disappear.

      We have no source of free diapers, a preference for washing soiled diapers in hot water, and no place of to line dry, we use cloth diapers because for us they are cheaper (plus it makes my wife much happier not having to deal with the sanitary challenges).

      However, everybody has differen’t circumstances. Just remember to factor in all differentiating factors if making a decision that is based on costs.

      • Rebekah Barney

        I have to disagree. I used cloth diapers and calculated that it saved me thousands, even when washing in hot water. What kind of cloth diapers are you pricing in your scenario? We used prefolds that cost about $25 for a dozen.

      • tori729

        I definitely believe it saves with multiple children, even if you are getting $4-5 jumbo packs of dipes. I have not bought ONE diaper for my third child and even returned diapers that I got as gifts and didn’t need.
        One tip: use prefolds in the beginning when the baby isn’t big enough for small/one size diapers yet. They go through dipes so fast in the beginning that it’s totally worth it.

    • Denise C.

      these are some great tips and the link regarding cloth diapers has good ideas. as a current cloth diaper i’d like to share some of my money saving finds!!! :) cloth WILL save you tons!

      seconds – almost every brand has a ‘seconds’ category to choose from some even have ‘gently used’ but these can still be costly

      co-ops – if you are looking for NEW and deeply discounted diapers there is simply no other way! because of group buys you can get the best prices. you can also get custom orders which have higher value (this can come in handy when you are done!)

      craigslist – personally found NEW diapers to start my stash here! also found great used diapers too

      ebay – you can buy new ‘no name’ diapers usually with free shipping (i have not done this so cannot comment on quality) for very low cost

      for those in need – there are organizations that donate to those who cannot afford diapers!

      and finally – used value!!! can you re-use a diaper? can you re-use a wipe (if your going to have cloth diapers might as well use cloth wipes… and you can buy cloth or disposable liners so you don’t have to ‘clean’ anything in the toilet! there are so many options!!!) ??? could you even sell them for $$$ when you are done??? this is why cloth is such a wise investment ! :) cloth does have an upfront cost but done with some thought you WILL save… and then you can use them for the next child as well!

      if you want more ideas and info these ladies have a wealth of knowledge to share… please do check out dirtydiaperlaundry or clothdiapergeek … and if you’d rather watch than read tons of ideas in organized vlogs check out obbs and lala on youtube, there are ways!!!

    • JanaDee

      Remember that the clothes going out of season are going on clearance. It’s hard to really predict your little one’s size but you can get pretty close. Buying winter clothes now on clearance in the size needed for the next winter makes for awesome deals. Leave the price tags on the items in case the size is not correct at the time needed. Doing this if you donate the item you will know how much to deduct for tax purposes. Also leaving tags on the items lets you know what was never worn in case you decide to gift it to another parent.

    • Christina S

      Just a heads up, I signed up for the publix club with this pregnancy, and the coupons they send do not have the freebies anymore. Used to, you’d get free shampoo, pads, etc. Now it’s $1 off items that rarely go on sale. Oh, well.