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  • How Moms Save Money: 8 Tipid Hacks on Diapers, Clothes, Milk, and More

    These tips include more than just regularly visiting bazaars and fairs.
    by Kate Borbon .
How Moms Save Money: 8 Tipid Hacks on Diapers, Clothes, Milk, and More
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  • Taking care of a baby involves having to purchase A LOT of things such as clothes, diapers, special laundry soap, among others. Stocking up on these supplies can be quite pricey, but the good news is you can save money, as moms showed on the SmartParenting.com.ph Facebook page and on our Facebook group Smart Parenting Village. Check out their smart tipid tips!

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    Buy baby essentials in bulk

    “…sa mga diapers and wipes, sa flash sale ko nakukuha, dinadamihan ko na pagbili pag sale ng Lazada at Shopee.” — April Ann

    “[For diapers,] I always buy in bulk sa mga Lazada or Shopee pag may sale sila. Then I use my credit card kasi may additional discount pa! So far in 10 months, never pa ako nakabili ng diaper on a regular price. And one tip, always compute sa price per piece, not per pack. Doon mo malalaman if nakatipid ka talaga.” — Alelly Cablao-Hernane

    “For his laundry soap and baby soap, wipes: bulk and malalaki binibili ko pag discounted pa rin para malaking tipid.” — Joy Garcia Sumile

    “…for pambahay clothes, I mostly buy in bulk para mas wais tayong mga mommy. Also get clothes in a little bigger size because babies grow up so fast.” — Christa Fajardo

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    Accept hand-me-downs and pre-loved items

    “We usually get hand-me-downs and buy pre-loved clothes and shoes. We buy in bulk if there is a big sale.” — Princess Torres Co

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    “Hoard diapers and other essentials during baby fair and siyempre hingin yung mga hand-me-downs ng mga pinsan niya like clothes and shoes since mabilis naman lumaki ang mga babies.” — Bunny Bumanglag

    “Accept hand-me-downs from relatives or friends especially baby clothes. They grow up so fast and minsan nalalakihan agad damit.” — April Joy Tipay Reyes

    “When it comes to clothes and shoes, sobrang tipid din kasi mga naliitan ng kuya niya, si baby naman ngayon ang gumagamit. Maalaga kasi ako sa mga gamit nila kaya parang brand new pa rin yung mga gamit pati toys.” — Janneth Tabor Andes

    “Sa firstborn ko, since marami akong pamangkin na boys, pinasa sa kanya yung mga damit nila kasi pag ibang country hindi masyadong nagagamit mga damit nila so bago pa tignan. Pati na rin sa shoes. So, second-born ko pasa naman ni kuya yung mga damit.” — April Ann

    “Never turn down yung mga hand-me-down na clothes/baby stuff especially kung in good condition pa. Laki ng natipid namin with that. Di na kami bumili ng crib, carrier, shoes, pambahay na clothes. Invest sa mga things na magtatagal and yung practical pero maganda quality.” — Prei Amanda

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    Shop at more affordable spots

    “[For clothes, I buy at] Baclaran or Divisoria. You can find good cotton by the bulk, and it’s way cheaper.” — Laiza Deogracias

    “Sa damit naman, usually ang binibili ko wholesale so tawaran talaga  sa Baclaran. Tapos sa ukay-ukay naman, kailangan lang talaga labhan nang bongga bago ipasuot. Nag-su-splurge lang kami pag sa mall or may occasion at kailangan talaga rumampa pero usually tiangge lang talaga ang damit ng kambal.” — Mary Rose Grace Porres

    “My mum buys pambahay na clothes ni LO sa palengke. Mas maganda pa tela kaysa sa mall then mas mura pa.” — Prei Amanda

    “…for me, better to buy sa mga tiangge tsaka sa mga budget stores kaysa mall. Ikaw na lang kumilatis doon sa tela. In the end, pare-pareho mo lang naman silang lalabhan. Invest na lang siguro in a laundry detergent and fab con for babies.” — Kyra Inocencio Fabie

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    Invest in gender-neutral items and cloth diapers

    “Clothes: we buy basics and gender-neutral ones (pero sobrang bihira) since we have a boy and a girl. This way, pwedeng kapag maliit na, kay baby girl naman…For all other items, maski bottles, lahat gender neutral kaya lahat ng gamit ng panganay namin, nagamit pa ng bunso. So, very tipid.” — Dani Ramos

    “Buy baby clothing and the like that are [in gender neutral] colors like white. Babies grow so fast, so you can reuse these items on your next babies.” — Mary Grace

    “For diapers, maganda mag-cloth, kasi tipid talaga. Imagine 24 cloth diapers for two to three years. When I computed the cost between buying cloth diapers and disposable, half talaga ang ma-se-save mo...Magastos lang upfront pero long-term investment lalo na if first baby mo pa lang, gumagamit ka na. Ang con talaga is you need to laba every three to four days, so I advise this for SAH moms or if may labandera kayo, gora!” — Kyra Inocencio Fabie

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    Cloth diaper, bum-friendly, no rashes, environment-friendly and can be handed down to younger siblings.” — Jannice Marcial Cabotaje

    Be on the lookout for sales and discount events

    “I usually save money for big sale events, so I can buy months of supplies for a lower price. Also, there are times I bring extra money just in case I stumble [upon] a super sale item that my daughter might need for future use. You might be spending [a] bigger amount by stocking up but if you calculate it, you really save more.” — Joy Monterey

    “I joined groups that are on the lookout for sales and discounts. I get updates from the group whenever there’s an upcoming sale.” — Maria Behope Almase Cando

    “[For my baby’s baby soap, bottle cleanser, laundry detergents, etc.], I always buy sa mga baby fairs and stock them na lang. Super laki kasi ng tipid. Lagi akong updated sa mga warehouse sale, baby fairs, etc. Lahat ng buy-one-take-one. Super laki ng savings sa lahat ng gamit ni baby.” — Alelly Cablao-Hernane

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    “Go for sale items and choose clothes that are bigger sa size ng baby since they grow too fast.” — Mira Kim Villanueva-Ilao

    “Sale items! Especially online sales from Shopee and Lazada. Diapers [bought online] are much cheaper than sale prices in the malls. Going to bazaars also is a plus. But make sure to know what is needed more.” — Kristin Valencia-Dy

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    Encourage more useful birthday or baptismal gifts

    “On her baptismal and birthday we wrote a small note na instead of giving her toys/clothes much better if milk, wipes, diaper na lang. Super happy naman kasi ang daming natuwa sa note. Positive comments naman na-receive namin like okay daw yung ganoong note kasi yung iba na nag-wo-worry mag-regalo na baka di daw namin magustuhan. Or yung iba naman nahihirapan sa gift na ibibigay.” — JM Ronquillo

    “For clothes, I don’t buy a lot. On special occasions like my son’s birthday, I always ask for clothes as gifts, that way I don’t have to buy him clothes.” — Wella Joy Panopio-Diola

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    Breast is best

    Breastfeed. It’s free and the best for your baby. Less sakit pa. Kaya mas lalong tipid.” — Sherry Mae Briones-Nariz

    “I’m exclusively breastfeeding my baby so we’re saving for her milk.” — Love Tumana-Santiago

    “…if kaya, mag-breastfeed na lang kasi apart from its health benefits, super helpful din dahil tipid na sa milk.” — April Joy Tipay Reyes

    “Breastfeed for as long as both mommy and baby agree.” — Jannice Marcial Cabotaje

    Know when to spend your money (and what to spend money on)

    “New clothes and shoes will be bought for special occasions only.” — Princess Torres Co

    “For clothes, I don’t usually buy pang-alis na damit kasi hindi naman kami lagi umaalis puro pambahay lang binibili namin, sando and pajama medyo mahaba lagi yung binibili naming damit at pajama para hindi agad pagliitan.” — Em Jhane

    “…iwas sa masyadong maraming toys since di naman masyadong napaglalaruan and ilang days lang madaling magsawa mga babies and toddlers.” — Abraham Kal-El Aboga

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    “Only buy new clothes for special occasions. Buy second-hand from online platforms since babies will only use it for a few months. Not a good investment!” — Geraldine Gubisch Lorente

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