Let us all be real here…as adorable as babies are, having one is Singapore is not cheap!
In fact, the hefty expenses start before the baby is born. You will have to purchase new clothing, supplies, and furniture for the safety and comfort of your precious one. Adding these expenses to the hospital costs may shock the new parents in the first year alone!
This is why it is essential to save as much as you can. Start by considering these frugal alternatives to otherwise expensive purchases:
1. INFANT FORMULA
One of the empowering things that only women can do is to breastfeed their baby. As much as you can, opt for breastfeeding because it will not only be healthy but also be able to save you as low as S$1,500 per year.
If you want to save even more on breast pump, borrow from your family or friends but make sure to change the plastic attachments. You can buy those for far less than a brand new pump.
2. CHANGING TABLE
Is it really necessary to buy another table with S$300 price tag just for changing your baby’s diapers? Especially of you live in a small flat, space can be an issue. Instead, it is advisable to use your long dresser to double as a changing station. Some parents even change diapers on the bed or couch!
Simply put a soft blanket, mat, or pad over the spot so your baby can rest comfortably.
3. BABY CLOTHES
Believe me when I say that babies can have sudden growth spurts so, it is unnecessary to buy loads of baby clothes in advance. It goes the same for shoes, as socks will be sufficient to keep their cute toes warm.
Start saving for baby clothes by asking your friends and family if you can have their child’s outgrown clothes. You will not only help your friends or family members to de-clutter their space but you will also save more.
4. NURSERY DECOR
Some parents spend over a hundred dollars just for designer wall decals. A frugal alternative is to select from a wide range of free printable art available in the Internet.
Saving money has not looked this good! 🙂