We all know that babies are expensive, especially if you're going to be taking a salary hit by going on mat leave. So, I thought this would be interesting to hear what everyone is doing.
So.....how are you planning to save money?
For us, we're trying to bank as much of my pay as possible and keep it in reserve for half the mortgage when I'm on leave, since we don't really know what type of contract DH is going to get next year.
We're also going to start shopping for the 'big ticket' items in the fall so we can spread out the big purchases, and getting in the habit of picking up a box or 2 of diapers/wipes when we see them on sale to hopefully build up a little bit of a stockpile.
As for baby stuff, well craigslist and kijiji sites are awesome, and we're starting to browse those. If baby is a boy, we're set for clothes! everyone we know (best friend, her friends, my sister in law, etc) have ALL had boys, so there's a TON of handmedowns getting passed along to everyone.
I'm also a huge lover of my crockpot, so once a week I try to make a freezer dinner (if I find meat on sale)....toss the meat, sauces, spices, veggies, etc all into a bag and freeze it. That way I just have to take it out, let it thaw over night, and throw it in the crockpot in the morning for a super easy dinner.
Anyone else? Any plans on saving money for when the baby is here?