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According to recent news, the economy may be affecting families in a very sensitive place: baby’s butt. Yup, Advertising Age reports that in the past year, disposable diaper sales in the US have fallen 9 percent more than the birth rate has fallen. And some are saying that it’s not just because cloth diapers are becoming more in vogue. Their evidence? Diaper rash cream sales have risen 2.8 percent. As the theory goes, maybe parents are changing babies’ diapers less frequently to save some cash, which is leading to more bum rashes. Whether that’s true, we’re not so sure. But we do think there are plenty of ways to save that don’t involve risking a nasty rash. Here are the four B’s for saving money on baby:
Everything baby uses doesn’t have to be brand-new. Go ahead and use hand-me-downs or loaners from family and friends. Just be sure to inspect everything for safety first and check for recalled products. (There should be no loose or faulty parts!)
2. Bargain Hunt
Never pay full price for baby stuff! We’re not just talking about waiting for sales and using coupons. Check local message boards and classifieds to see if anyone is selling gently used items. (We love our own Swap Spot board.)
3. Buy in Bulk
You’ll pretty much always get a better deal if you buy the larger box of diapers, wipes, baby food or formula -- just be sure you’re not buying more than you’ll use!
Buying formula can cost $1,000 to $2,500 per year, and renting a breast pump costs about $319 every 9 months.
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