Moving with a Baby? Here’s How to Save Money
Even if you’re moving somewhere affordable, there are many costs associated with relocating. Whether you’re expecting or you’re moving with a baby on board, here are some savvy ways to reduce expenses.
Pack what you need before you go
From diapers and food to bathing supplies, babies require many essentials that can’t be tossed into a packed box and forgotten about. Greg M. and his husband learned their lesson when they moved from Massachusetts to New York with their daughter.
“When my husband and I moved with our baby, we hired movers to take care of the majority of our belongings,” says Greg. “But in doing so, we’d forgotten to pack diapers and wipes for our car. Thankfully we found a nearby Target, but that could have been bad!”
One way to significantly save money is to pack a bag filled with all of your baby’s essentials so that you don’t end up in the same situation as Greg and his husband.
Essentials to include in your baby’s bag:
- Diapers, wipes, and diaper care
- Bathing supplies
- Outfits, outerwear, and shoes
- A toy and a few books
- Meals, snacks, and drinks
- Extra bottles and feeding supplies
It may also be helpful to pack a bag with medicine, health supplies, and first-aid items so that you’re not spending more during the move.
Get security set up
Whether you invest in a doorbell camera or go for a whole-house monitored system, security is one thing many parents express an interest in when moving. See if there’s a neighborhood app or Facebook group that you can join to find the best systems or companies in the area. Of those that come highly recommended, which are offering promotions or savings? Are there referral codes that you can take advantage of? See if they can arrive right before you move in or soon after. Having peace of mind when bringing your baby to a new home can make all the difference.
By packing these must-haves, you’ll avoid having to run to the convenience store or order extra items while you get settled. This tactic can help keep your moving budget in line, even in the face of so much initial uncertainty.