Having twins is a considerable expense for parents and most families want to spend their money wisely. However, there are many ways that parents of twins waste their money when buying twin stuff. Avoid these mistakes to stretch your dollar further and get the most for your baby bucks.
1. Buying Everything Brand NewDespite clever and convincing marketing, you really don't have to buy a bevy of brand new baby products for your multiples. Your babies truly won't know the difference! Consider borrowing or swapping stuff with friends, neighbors or relatives. So many baby products are only used for a short-time anyway, in most cases only a few months.
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5. Buying in Limited QuantitiesWith twins, there are certain consumable products that you're going to use a lot -- like diapers, wipes, baby food. You can save a bundle by stockpiling these items when you fid them discounted. Go on a scouting mission to determine the best price on your favorite products; compare prices at both online and local stores, including grocery, discount and drug stores and discount warehouses like Sam's Club or Costco.
7. Throwing Away CouponsCoupons, used effectively, can really stretch your dollars. Manufacturer coupons for diapers, formula and jarred baby food are readily available. Look for grocery and discount stores that offer double coupon programs to maximize your savings. Register with stores like Babies 'R Us and get on the mailing lists for other stores where you regularly shop. Many send out coupons in the mail or to an email address. Visit About.com's Couponing/Bargains site for Baby & Toy Coupons.
8. Not Extending the Life of ClothingClothing for two or more babies can be an exorbitant expense during the first year, especially considering they grow out of them very quickly. Get more wear out of your clothes with an inexpensive accessory: False Bottoms from One Step Ahead. They attach to onesies and other bottom-snap baby outfits and provide a few extra inches through the crotch, expanding them to fit as your babies grow. A pack of 6 sells for about $10. You could even make your own if you are handy with a sewing machine.
9. Buying Baby TeethersWhen multiples start teething, you've got a double dose of sore gums. Baby stores are full of cute teething toys, but you can skip them and make your own. Frozen foods can also do the trick, such as frozen mini-bagels or even frozen french fries. (Use the thick, crinkle cut variety.) Or, wet washcloths and stick them in the freezer, then let your babies gnaw and suck on them. You can also make your own zwieback toast.
breastfeeding -- it's free! However, if nursing's not for you, there are some ways to save money on formula. Powdered formula in bulk is the most cost-efficient product, followed by liquid concentrate. Ready-to-drink formula is the most expensive. As your babies get ready for solid food, considering making your own by pureeing "big people" food. More info.