Family life does not come cheap, does it? Children are a blessing and every single child is a gift, but that doesn’t mean that family life is any easier to manage, does it? Sometimes, the unexpected happens and you end up in a situation that you didn’t think you would be in – pregnant unexpectedly – and while you’re thrilled about the new addition, you may be panicking about the cost.


The good news is that there are plenty of ways that you can make adding to your brood more affordable. Just because you don’t have the funds that you need right now to be able to afford a new baby, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find them. There are plenty of steps that you can take to make sure that your new addition is affordable, so don’t worry!


To help you make sure that your new baby is affordable, below are some tips and ideas to have a read, take note of, and implement. (Once you’ve read these tips and ideas, you will be so much less stressed!)

Buy second hand

A great way to cut costs when it comes to preparing for a new baby is to buy second hand. If you are in need of some new items for your little one, then instead of buying them brand new at full price, why not get them second hand? Believe it or not, a large number of second-hand items are literally just like new, so no one will know that your baby’s items aren’t brand new. The best sites to get good quality, second-hand baby items on are eBay and Facebook selling pages and parenting groups.

Utilise hand-me-downs

Do you have any hand-me-downs that you could reuse? If you do, make sure that you use them. If it’s hand-me-down furniture that looks a little old and worn, consider upcycling it and modernising is with paint and new fittings. Got friends or family who are offering you hand-me-down items? Make sure to take advantage of them – there’s nothing wrong with hand-me-downs, especially from friends and family.

Look at your financial options

The next step to take is to look at what your financial options are. One option could be to borrow some money from a friend or family member who has offered to lend you the funds that you need. Or, if you need a loan, resources like, for instance, can be extremely helpful. Another option could be to sign up for a catalog account where you can buy things but pay later for them – this is like a credit card but for items. Or, get a credit card. If you do choose to borrow money, just make sure that you can afford to pay it back.


When it comes to adding to your family, the cost can be high and it can be a worry regarding how you would manage. However, what it’s important to realise is that there are various steps that you can take to make your new addition more affordable.