5 money-saving tips for the eco-conscious parent

When you become a parent, you realize how valuable every penny is, and sometimes wonder where the money goes. It’s not always easy saving the green, but here are some tips to help you along the way:

  1. Buy used. Yes, we said it. Although we specialize in finding you the best deals for products, we love stopping in to our local consignment store and trading outgrown items for other used things. Babies and kids grow so fast that many times the items are barely used. It’s a true win-win for both the environment and your pocket.
  2. Cloth diapers. The verdict is definitely in: cloth diapers will save you tons of money. There’s a bit of a learning curve and we’ll have a post on that shortly, but know that cloth diapers are the way to go. Hands down, here’s our favorite.
  3. Breastfeeding. Most of us know by now, breast is best. And, formula can get very expensive! So ladies, be determined to nurse. The first few weeks are far from easy and the solution to dry, cracked nipples is to, well, nurse more. Unless you have a medical condition, you can continue to nurse, and there is plenty of support to help you along the way. (Our favorites: La Leche League and KellyMom.)
  4. Spend now, save later. In some instances, you may have to spend a little more upfront to reap the benefits later (case in point: #2 cloth diapers). This happens from time to time, because part of being green is buying quality products that last. No worries, we’re here to let you know what’s worth an occasional splurge!
  5. Facetime. No, not the app. There is nothing more valuable and precious than spending one-on-one time with your child. An infant doesn’t need toys – he needs your touch and warmth. A toddler doesn’t need electronic toys or TV – he’s discovering his world with you by being outside or playing with safe household items. Connecting with your child in this way is priceless (um, literally), and you’ll cherish these moments forever.

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