Saving Mom cash, time


June 05, 1993|By Donna Erickson

When baby is on the way, prepare for a noticeable dent in the family budget.

Here, then, are some thrifty ways to cut corners and save time:

* Shop consignment stores for maternity wear. Clothing is generally in tiptop shape and marked down 50 percent to 75 percent. Be sure to inspect the clothing for tears or incorrect sizing, because most consignment stores have a "no-returns" policy. If you have a good experience at local consignment stores, return after baby is born to stock up on inexpensive clothes to keep you well dressed while your body is "in transition."

* Make night feedings easier by stocking your own comfort basket. Keep it by a rocker or wherever you feed baby. Stock with items such as an audio-cassette player with favorite tapes, a new magazine, a good book, facial tissue and bottled water or juice. Essential items will always be in one place when you need them.

King Features Syndicate

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