How I Save a Little Money
I have only been in the mom game for 4 years, which is a very small amount of time and I have much more to learn. For right now, here is a list of 5 things that I used to always have on my shopping list but don’t buy any more. I am more than happy with the minimizing of products and best of all, saving money.
Separate Laundry Detergent
I agree that the smell of Dreft is amazing and it brings back a bunch of newborn memories, but is that worth the price? I started using it when my kids were infants and of course it is great. When my kids got to be a bit older, I just starting using the same detergent that the family uses. Using the same laundry detergent keeps it simple and cheap.
Fancy Sippy Cups
When my kids first started using sippy cups I bought the ones that looked cute or were a new inventive style. After buying and using many different sippy cups, I discovered that the simple ones work best for us. They are the cheapest and the easiest to clean! No fancy straws or valves. We use these The First Years Take & Toss Spill-Proof Sippy Cups. These cups are also great to bring with you when you travel or go out to eat. If you forget them or don’t want to pack them up and bring them home, they can be easily recycled.
Specialized Creams & Wipes for Every Different Thing.
I am pretty sure my baby registry for my first child included every cream and lotion that Target had in the baby section. I know that I used to have multiple kinds of diaper creams and pastes depending on the “kind” of diaper rash that my baby had. After running out of different kinds and always having mutiple creams and pastes on my shopping list, it hit me. Why do we need all of these? I realized that my kids only need 1 kind of “multi-purpose” cream that can be used for everything diaper and non-diaper related (think dry skins and cuts & scrapes). Having 1 kind of diaper cream keeps everything simple and cheap! Not sure why it took me 3 years and 2 kids to realize that but it did. I am hoping this helps other moms simplify things from the beginning.
The same can be said for wipes. I used to have 8 different kinds of wipes in the house! I had the regular baby wipes, pacifier wipes, nose wipes, toy wipes, high chair wipes, and many many more. Now I use baby wipes as a multi-purpose wipe, they work great on just about everything. They even removed marker off my couch last week! They can’t get much better than that.
My kids have a ton of bath toys that do many different fancy things. The toys they play with the most are empty shampoo bottles and soap pumps filled with the bath water. So basically, anything that should be in the recycling bin.
Diaper Pail Refill Bags
I don’t buy diaper pail refills anymore. In fact, I don’t even use my diaper pail anymore. All dirty diapers are taken out in the garage after changing. I actually threw away my diaper pail because it was half broken and I just couldn’t get the smell out of it, even when it was empty. At first, I wasn’t sure how it was going to be with not having someplace to put dirty diapers in the nursery but it really is not a big deal. I actually love the fact that I don’t have to empty a huge stinky bag of diapers every week. No longer having to spend money on the refills is the best part of it.
Ever changing List
This is what I found works for our family. Almost every week I am noticing more and more things that we don’t need or have different multiple uses. I hope this helps you and your family simplify.