4 Things You're Paying Too Much For
Smart ways to spend less—without giving up the things you need (and love).
No one ever had a child to save money
. But there are some baby and toddler items you can get cheaply (or even free) at consignment shops, on local parent forums or on classifieds sites and apps such as
. Big-ticket items such as strollers can be found for about 60 percent less used—but before you buy, consider testing out the new version in a store so you can see how the previously owned one measures up, and also check for any recalls
. Clothing is another item you may want to consider buying secondhand, especially pricey coats and snowsuits, which babies typically only wear a few times before they grow out of (many parents even sell brand-new items their kids never wore). What shouldn't you buy used? A car seat or a crib. These items are updated often for safety, and recalls are common.