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Success Story and Money Tip: Saving Money on your Babies

Saving Secrets had a submission by Barbara on how she saved money while raising her two babies.

2. I breastfed my daughter for one year, and my son for two years. They were able to go right to cow’s milk without any allergy problems. I never had to buy infant formula, which is expensive, smelly, and stains baby clothes terribly. Besides, breast milk is better for baby, since it provides all the needed immunities. And I never had to get up and heat up a bottle in the middle of the night!….

..3. I washed my own cloth diapers. At first, I had a gift of diaper service, but it was costly. I bought cloth diapers on sale, and used purchased diaper liners with them and plastic pants. Unless the liners were very soiled, I did not throw them away, but put them in the diaper pail with the diapers. I washed the diapers in a solution recommended by Heloise in her column, using bleach and powdered automatic dishwasher detergent. It works like magic getting out stains and the diapers were always snowy white. I reused the diaper liners until they disintegrated. They looked like Handi- Wipes; I suppose those, cut down a bit, could be used if one could not locate diaper liners. My diaper pail was just a large plastic pail with a tight fitting lid that I kept in the laundry room. I have never really liked disposable diapers because of the wood pulp and chemicals in them (not good for baby’s skin), and because of the landfill issue.

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Lesson Learned:
Having babies doesn’t have to be expensive. I have never had children, but I was 14 when my sister was born so I am familiar with the care and supplies needed as I was often her care-taker. I also have several relatives that have had or are having small children and their baby-shower “wishlists” can also be filled with things I feel are unnecessary (baby wipe warmer, anyone?).

My generation, and certainly generations before me, were raised without much of the current add-ons. Much of what we think we need or what would make things easier on us, are entirely a waste of money. Used baby clothes alone are extremely easy to come by and most are in excellent shape.

About Crystal Groves, Google+

Crystal Groves is a farmer, web developer, musician, blogger, and personal finance enthusiast from the back hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. She started Money Drain as a project to encourage people interested in fixing their financial situation to share their stories and learn from the stories of others. We all make mistakes, but in order to change we have to make changes.

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