6 Ways to Save Money While Pregnant
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In general, I love saving money and although pregnancy is a special time, saving money while pregnant wasn’t just an option for me, it was a necessity.
Before I had kids, I had no idea what they would cost, but I knew our spending would increase while our income remained the same. Therefore I did everything I could to save money while pregnant, since I had no idea what I was in for financially.
Here are 6 smart and easy ways you can save money while pregnant:
1. Pregnancy Tests
I am an admitted control freak. I’m a planner and when we decided we were going to have kids, I wanted it done on my watch. (I know how unreasonable my expectations were, but honestly I couldn’t help it).
When we started trying for a baby, I’m embarrassed to admit that I took a LOT of pregnancy tests. With my first baby, I took at least 20 pregnancy tests before getting a positive result. (I started taking them on day 25 and took a couple each day. Being a control freak, I needed to know as soon as possible.)
When you go to the store to buy pregnancy tests, your mouth might drop open at how much they cost. Some are $6 a piece. (So, 20 tests x $6 each is $120 I would’ve spent on just pregnancy tests….)
But I didn’t pay $6, well not for all of them. I went to a dollar store and got a bunch for $1 each. I was a little embarrassed to carry 10-15 tests to the male clerk working the cash register, but hey – a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
(The dollar store tests pregnancy tests were reliable, but with both pregnancies, the test I got my first positive on was this one.)
2. Prenatal Vitamins
Your health insurance will typically cover the cost of the basic prenatal vitamins, so if you would like to get them for free, ask your OB/GYN to write you a prescription.
On a different note, if you are like me, remembering to take a vitamin on a daily basis was a struggle. Therefore I ended up buying these instead, which made me look forward to taking them! I will be upfront, they do cost quite a bit more than the regular pills, but for me they were totally worth it because I remembered to take them and enjoyed it!
3. Buy Cheap Maternity Clothes
Buying maternity clothes was very frustrating for me; I wanted to enjoy this special time and look cute doing it, but I hated to invest in an expensive wardrobe. You literally only wear maternity clothes for a couple of months, so why invest in an expensive wardrobe that will hardly get worn?
Here’s some tips to help you save money on maternity clothes:
Look for used maternity clothes. Just like I mentioned, you are only going to wear them for a couple of months, so why not buy some super affordable ones that have only been worn a few times? I would start by asking friends if they have any they are interested in giving you (or selling for cheap). You might be able to get some really nice quality clothes for a fraction of the cost. Here is a post I wrote about buying second hand baby stuff, but a lot of the places mentioned also will sell maternity clothes too.
Other places I suggest looking for affordable maternity clothes are at Walmart, Target, and Old Navy. All of these stores have reasonable everyday prices and great deals on the clearance racks. (I think it’s worth nothing that I found that not all Walmart’s have a maternity section in store, but they do have clothes online).
One tip is to try to find clothes that will work for “maternity” but can also be worn afterwards, like flowy tunics and leggings.
4. Have a friend/family member/ husband take maternity photos.
Sure pregnancy is a special time that you want to remember, but you could easily spend several hundred dollars taking maternity photos.
After all is said and done, those photos most likely will end up in a drawer or closet somewhere. You will probably bring them out a couple of times during your life to show your kids, but that’s it. Why spend a lot of money on them?
I would suggest having a friend, family member or your husband take some nice photos of you. That way it’s essentially free (except the cost of printing, if you want to print them). Capture the moment but don’t pay an arm and a leg for it.)
One additional tip is that Groupon usually has great deals for places like the JCPenny studio or other national chain family photographers. If you want to get professional photos done, this will allow you to pay a fraction of the price.
5. Breast pump
I do realize that a breast pump isn’t really correlated with being pregnant, but I think it’s worth mentioning it since you need to think about it during pregnancy.
If you are planning to breastfeed, you will likely need a good double electric breast pump, but they can be expensive. Almost every mom I’ve ever spoken with seems to have used the Medela Pump in Style or the Spectrum S2, but these pumps start around $200.
Most health insurance companies will provide you with a free breast pump. I would suggest you search their web portal or call the number on the back of your insurance card to ask for details. Typically, health insurance companies work with one or more medical supply companies, often times giving you a couple of options to choose from. You cannot typically request a pump until you are within 30 days of your due date.
I know a lot of women get hand-me-down pumps from friends, but I think it’s important to stress that this is not recommended for these personal pumps. Breast pumps, like the Medela Pump in Style or Spectrum S2 are intended to be used by a single user. This is because the way the system works makes it possible for milk to reach the pump. If breast milk reaches the pump, it is contaminated and nearly impossible to clean.
6. Don’t get caught up in the marketing towards pregnant women.
As soon as your start Googling stuff about pregnancy, all your computer and mobile ads will be targeting you as an expecting woman. If you truly want to save money, realize that most of the stuff is simply not worth it.
For example, a pregnancy pillow might be nice, but after your baby arrives, what are you going to do with it? I would suggest you do everything you can to make due with stuff you already have around the house, like use all the spare pillows you have to get comfortable. (Perhaps comfortable during pregnancy is a bit of an oxymoron – it can be nearly impossible – at least it was for me!).
But you get my drift, a lot of stuff marketed towards expecting women is not necessary – especially if you are on a budget. Just think of all the stuff you will need to buy for your baby, like a crib, diapers, diaper cream, clothing, and maybe even daycare.
(If you want to read a post about my daycare costs, you can find that here.)
Now you know 6 smart and easy ways to to save money while pregnant, from where to buy cheap pregnancy tests, how to get free prenatal vitamins, some places to look for cheap maternity clothes, how to get a free breast pump, and how to avoid the hype marketed towards you.
I hope you are able to enjoy your pregnancy and save a little money, because, trust me, you’ll be glad to have a few extra dollars in your bank account once your baby arrives.
What are some ways you saved money during your pregnancy?
Now get out there and rock your (soon-to-be) busy mom life!