While I was pregnant with our first baby, we were trying to get out of debt. One week after we got fully out of debt (including car payments), I got laid off (at about 38 weeks pregnant) -- which sounds horrible, but it was such a blessing to be out of debt before getting laid off!
Needless to say, we were on a very tight budget to do her nursery. I love interior design, so I was a little bummed, but once everything was all together (keeping in our very tight budget) I was in love with our nursery! I loved the challenge of keeping in budget, which forced me to be more creative than I would have been, and which also lead to having a more unique & meaningful nursery.
When all was said and done, I only spent less than $50 on our nursery!!
Doing a nursery on a budget is one of the smartest things you could do when preparing for a baby.
Take Your Time
My theory for saving money on anything is to take your time and do your research (see below). The more time you have to shop for something, the more likely you'll find what you really want for a really good price. You can't just walk into WalMart one time & expect to find everything you want for dirt cheap. Now I know, this can be frustrating, but nothing in life comes free, right? If it's really important to you to save money, then you need to put the time into it. And time is money. :)
Do Your Research
Doing your research and taking your time go hand in hand. If you take your time & do your research, you'll save a ton of money! Just like you probably researched your nursery theme on Pinterest (no? that was just me?), you can research the individual products. Once you do your research, you'll know if you need to buy new, buy used or DIY for each item.
There are so many amazing bloggers who take on 'do it yourself' projects so often they could do them in their sleep (me? not so much). You can also do your research from these bloggers to find out the easiest way to do that project. Besides, if you put a little sweat and arm grease into the projects in your nursery (no matter how crafty you are), I guarantee you it will mean more & you'll love it!
You can view all of my DIY Nursery projects for Paige's bird themed nursery here.
Take your time & look online. Craigslist is one of the many great places to look for secondhand items. Don't forget to check out their "free" section! Thrift stores are also a great place to look, but don't forget, you can't just go once... the more often you go there (as opposed to a big-box or department store), the more you'll save. If you see something you kind of like (but not love), don't forget, you can always DIY it up a bit and make it your own! Don't forget about asking friends if you can buy any of their nursery items they are done with... chances are you'll both benefit from this!
hint: if and when bartering, ALWAYS use the phrase, "is that the lowest you can go?" with a kind-hearted smile... that way you'll get the best deal possible.
Visit the Clearance Racks... Over and Over Again
Okay, it's confession time. I'm the queen of Target's clearance rack (only they forgot to get me my crown...). I cannot go to Target without checking out at least 2 of their Clearance sections. Here are the best ways to get THE BEST deal on clearance racks (especially at Target).
- First, you need to check often - like once a week. This is key! Target updates their clearance once a week usually, so if you go that often, you won't miss a thing.
- If there's a lot of the same item that you want, chances are that they will still be there for the next mark down.
- Combine sales or clearance items with manufacturer coupons, Target coupons, Cartwheel app coupons, Red Card discounts and pharmacy discounts. You obviously don't have to combine them all, just combine what you can and what you have access to. Target is AWESOME for letting you combine all of these discounts... and it can help you to save SO much!
(all of the above ideas work for saving money on anything at Target!)
Once again, we're taking a lot of time to do all of this, but I promise it will be worth it if you're on a tight budget!
Use What You Have
I personally like more adult feeling nurseries -- ones that use adult furniture as much as possible. Since you're nesting anyway, go through your closets and storage rooms to find things you aren't using, or things that could be utilized better in the nursery. I had several fabric covered storage bins in my closet, so I found new homes for all of the junk inside of them & re-used them in our nursery... something that kept it SO much more organized than if I hadn't used them! I still use them today in Lindsey's nursery to hold diapers and wipes.
So, there you have it. My secrets to saving money on your baby's nursery!
I want to know... how have you saved money on your baby's nursery?
Tell me in the comments below!
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